Kevin Kisner leads the Open Championship through one round after shooting a 5-under 66 on Thursday. Kisner was unbelievable on the greens, needing only 22 putts on the round. Kisner leads American Tony Finau and South Africans Erik Van Rooyen and Xander Lombard by one shot heading into Friday's play.
On a benign day in Scotland, a total of 49 players were able to shoot par or better at the historically difficult Carnoustie setup. Some big names faired well. The star-packed group of Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy sit at -2 in a tie for 8th. -1 finds Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar and red-hot Francesco Molinari. Among those shooting par were Tiger Woods, Jason Day and Adam Scott.
Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama and Bubba Watson are all at +4. World number one Dustin Johnson and regular Open contender Sergio Garcia struggled to 5-over 76's. Full scores
A stream of consciousness
Here are my thoughts after watching 11 hours of Open Coverage. Topics include Rickie Fowler, Rory, Tiger, course conditions and Carnoustie. Check ‘em out here.
What's in store tomorrow
Coverage will kick off again at 1:30am EST on Golf Channel with the first big name pairing of Henrik Stenson - Tommy Fleetwood - Jimmy Walker going at 2:30am EST. The weather forecast calls for light wind and morning rain subsiding in the afternoon.
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The PGA Tour's opposite field Barbasol Championship is underway in Lexington, Kentucky. The story is the eclectic field, which includes LPGA star Brittany Lincicome and numerous Senior Tour players. I was astounded to see names such as John Huston, Guy Boros, and Jay Don Blake populating a field. It makes you wonder how players who don't regularly play on the Champions Tour get the nod over the top Web.com Tour players.
As it stands midway through the first round, Andres Romero leads at 7-under and Lincicome is in a tie for last place with Steven Bowditch and Frank Lickliter II at +6. Live scoring
The U.S. Junior is down to 16, coverage here.
Poulter hits one of the luckiest shots of all time.