- Englishman, Grillo and Lamprecht all start with rounds of 66
- Rory McIlroy makes two late birdies to finish on level par
Major championships cannot be won on a Thursday but they most certainly can be lost. Just ask Tommy Fleetwood. The 32-year-old has displayed a recent habit of sluggish starts in golf’s marquee events that have left him playing a level of catch-up he has been unable to master. Fleetwood began the 2022 Open with a 72 and tied fourth. At last month’s US Open, he shared fifth after opening with a 73.
The times may be a-changing. Fleetwood’s five-under-par 66 on day one at the 151st Open Championship at a sun-kissed Royal Liverpool represents his lowest first round in a major. Finally, he has been Usain Bolt from the traps. On a leaderboard that is adequate rather than striking in respect of star star attractions, Fleetwood stands out. He has it within his want to end a preposterous record; the last Englishman to win the Open in his home nation was Tony Jacklin in 1969.
Written by Ewan Murray at Royal Liverpool
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/jul/20/golf-the-open-championship-round-one-report-tommy-fleetwood under the title “Tommy Fleetwood makes fast start to share lead of the Open after first round”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.