The Open Championship, Royal Lytham & St Annes G.C. July 19 2012


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Birthday boy Adam Scott lead The Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes G.C. by just one shot after the first round on Thursday. Adam celebrated his birthday a couple of days ago, receiving a strange present from his family, he said;

“I was given an interesting present from my family, a golf bag. A very nice golf bag, I have to say. And I will use it at home, if I carry my clubs. But, a golf bag ! "

Adam spoke about the possibility of shooting a 62, he actually finished at -6 under par for round of 64.

"I know there has never been a 62, I was waiting to use the bathroom, going to the 17th tee, and had a look up at the leaderboard. I realised then that it was a par 70, and also probably that I wasn't going to be the guy to shoot 62. It's one of those things that you don't want to go through your mind, thinking about your final score."

"I would say I haven't achieved what I wanted until I win a major, or more. It's something that at any time could help me, a guy with experience like Steve. We have talked about my mindset because I was playing well at the time of all the majors this year, then shooting myself in the foot in the first round. I was leaving myself too much work to get back in. Steve wanted me to go to the 1st tee today like it was the 72nd hole and I needed three to win, to switch myself on from the 1st hole. That was a good trigger he helped me with it." Paul Lawrie is tied in second place with a -5 under par round of 65, and that despite a poor start where he  chipped in twice and holed a putt from off the green within his first six holes, then topped of the round using only 23 putts. The 1999 Open champion said of his start; "It was probably the strangest start of my career, I didn't really hit many good shots and I was three under. I heard my name quite a lot today. Down in England, you can be a wee bit surprised at that, I guess. It's nice; it's The Open and everyone is here to support the British players. I have won a couple of tournaments when the weather has been particularly nasty, but I can play when it's flat calm and play when it's nasty. Nowadays the bad weather doesn't just suit the British or Scottish players, all of these American boys can play in the wind, it doesn't make any difference." Joining Paul on that -5 under score is American Zach Johnson and Nicolas Colsaerts from Belgium, Nicolas happily reported; "It's really cool, but then we've only played one round. So being in contention, that word wants to be used only when you get to Saturday and Sunday. I hit a lot of very good shots in succession early on, so it really got the momentum of the round going, and I just didn't really hit any bad shots today. When you play that way, you go through the elements without thinking how hard they get." Most of the big name players are at par or better and should all make it to the weekend, those who are struggling include; Ian Poulter and Davis Love 111, who are at +1; Sergio Garcia, John Daly, Louis Oosthuizen and Jim Furyk at +2. Lee Westwood +3 and Justin Rose +4. Sadly the defending champion Darren Clarke definitely looks to be missing the cut, he said he was " Disgusted" with his opening round of 76. I have a soft spot for Darren, he and I share a liking for Irish Whiskey, although I can not afford 25-year-old Bushmills.