Latest scores and updates from the first round in St Andrews

British Open Championship 2022 - PA first round 1 live scores

British Open Championship 2022 – PA first round 1 live scores

The long-awaited 150th Open started at the home of golf. 1999 Golf Champion of the Year Paul Lawrie kicked off the longest running tournament just after 6:30 this morning, with the Scotsman opening with a par on the famous first hole.

Even though the tournament is only 45 minutes long, there’s already a big talking point as Ian Poulter got off to a risky start in his attempt to break his main duck. It’s fair to say it wasn’t the best start to English. The Ryder Cup hero, who is one of the prominent names playing in the extremely controversial LIV Golf series, was booed on the first tee – one can only assume because of his involvement in the Rebel tour.

This horror was then compounded by a horrible hook tee shot that was left only on the fairway – the first fairway is the widest in all of golf. The tee shot was so wide that he had to get rid of a fence that was impeding his swing for the second shot.

The Englishman entered the green in two, however, and from there made a four.

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7:53 am

Mickelson got a four in the first

No problem for the six times bigger winner as he records a pair on two and a regulation of two putts.

Mickelson putts in the first - REUTERS

Mickelson putts in the first – REUTERS

7:48 am

Paul Lawrie is two

The 1999 champion missed second and doubled fourth, BUT just passed fifth to get back to two.

7:46 am

Here’s where Poulter’s tee shot on the first one ended

That’s as far as you can go without ending up in town…

Ian Poulter's first horror shot ended up on the far left of golf's widest fairway - REUTERS

Ian Poulter’s first horror shot ended up on the far left of golf’s widest fairway – REUTERS

7:42 am

Much has been said about the weather.

More specifically the wind. If conditions are calm, there is a fear that the ‘Old Lady’ of St Andrews could be dismantled by the big hitters.

READ: It would be an affront to golf if the ‘Old Lady’ of St Andrews can no longer defend herself

Well, channeling my inner Michael Fish, it’s very calm out there right now. The wind was blowing in the practice rounds, but it is currently quite still…

7:32 am

‘Phil’ about to start

The poster boy for the extremely controversial LIV rebel tour made his long-awaited return to the PGA Tour at last month’s US Open, where he missed the cut. Mickelson, who lifted the Claret Jug in 2013, was not, unlike Poulter, booed…The American finds the fairway without much difficulty.

7:28 am

From the first beginners…

Webb Simpson is the only man in red numbers, the former US Open champion is one below. The highly imagined Min Woo Lee is in two. Both golfers go through three holes.

7:26 am

Poulter makes four in the first

After that tee shot that could give him (and viewers) nightmares, the Ryder Cup star managed to score a four.

7:18 am

So the first ‘Big Name’ to start was Ian Poulter

And it’s fair to say it wasn’t the best start. The Englishman who is one of the prominent names playing in the hugely controversial LIV Golf series, a Saudi breakaway, was booed on the first tee and then this was compounded by a horrible hook tee shot that only stayed on the fairway (this is the widest fairway on the entire golf course). The tee shot was so wide that he had to get rid of a fence that was impeding his swing for the second.

The Englishman entered the green in two, however, and should pair from there.

7:14 am

selected tee teams

07:08 Guido Migliozzi (Ita), Ian Poulter (Eng), Jamie Donaldson (Wal)

07:30 Lucas Herbert (Aus), Phil Mickelson (USA), Kurt Kitayama (USA)

07:52 John Daly (USA), Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Cameron Tringale (USA)

08:03 Brooks Koepka (USA), Seamus Power (Ire), Cameron Smith (Aus)

08:14 Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Justin Rose (Eng)

09:58 Rory McIlroy (NI), Collin Morikawa (USA), Xander Schauffele (USA)

10:09 Viktor Hovland (Nor), Shane Lowry, Justin Thomas (USA)

10:20 Tony Finau (USA), Hideki Matsuyama (JP), Will Zalatoris (USA)

13:04 Paul Casey (Eng), Sung Jae Im (Kor), Gary Woodland (USA)

13:15 Dustin Johnson (USA), Marc Leishman (Australian), Adam Scott (Australian)

13:26 Tyrrell Hatton (Eng), Joaquin Niemann (Chi), Scottie Scheffler (USA)

14:59 Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng), Max Homa (USA), Tiger Woods (USA)

15:10 Jon Rahm (Spa), Jordan Spieth (USA), Harold Varner III (USA)

7:13 am

It doesn’t get much better than this

Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s coverage of The Open in St Andrews – a tournament where if you can’t get excited then you don’t have a soul.

The best golfers on the planet playing for the Claret Jug at home golf exudes tradition, history and, if you’re anything like me, levels of childlike excitement on Christmas Eve.

As if to increase the near-mythical levels of anticipation, Rory McIlroy says winning an Open Championship at St Andrews is golf’s “Holy Grail”. Three-time Open champion Bobby Jones said an elite player’s career wouldn’t be complete without lifting the Claret Jug at the Old Course.

“I don’t know if a golfer’s career isn’t complete if you don’t, but I think it’s the holy grail of our sport,” McIlroy replied when asked about the quote. But a list of those who raised the Claret Jug into the house of golf certainly indicates that he has a reputation for crowning some of the most illustrious names who have played the game – Jones, Sam Snead, Peter Thomson, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Tiger. Woods tasted glory at St Andrews (although the last two Open winners here, Louis Oosthuizen and Zach Johnson, good as they are, aren’t exactly all-time greats…).

McIlroy starts the tournament as a favorite and having missed the chance to defend his 2014 Open victory when the major was last played on the hallowed fairways in Fife in 2015 (thanks to a football injury of all things…) name to the list of all-time greats who lifted the Claret Jug in St Andrews.

“I’m playing well. I’m in good shape. My confidence in my game is as high as it has been for a long time,” said McIlroy, who was second at the Masters, eighth at the US PGA and fifth at the US Open. “But I can’t come in here thinking this might be my time. I just have to go out and play a really good tournament. I have to put together four good rounds and hopefully by the end of the week it will be good enough to win.

“I’m happy where everything is, and I just can’t anticipate. I just have to prepare well for the next few days and get myself in the right frame of mind for Thursday.”

One concern surrounding this edition of golf’s oldest tournament is whether today’s technology and big hitters could render the ‘Old Lady’ of St Andrews obsolete. Faldo speculated that if conditions are calm for the next four days, we could see the first 59 in a major.

McIlroy, however, is not anticipating a bird festival. The favorite thinks that while the win score might be low, it won’t come anywhere near the 20-below mark.

“I don’t think we’re going to see that,” McIlroy said of fears the course could be overpowered. “You can bomb and get close to the greens, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to birdies.

“I can see (win total) being low, but I can’t see anything in the 20-under range.

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