The Open: Round 1’s Best, Worst, Stats and Scores

The first round of the 146th Open is in the books, and three members of the winning U.S. Ryder Cup sit tied atop the leaderboard at Royal Birkdale: Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar. The American trio is at 5-under.

 
Englishman Paul Casey is one back at 4-under 66, as is South African Charl Schwartzel.

Before we head into a wet and windy round two, let’s take a look at some of the best and worst from the opening round of the 2017 Open Championship.


Best Round

Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar (5-under 65): Yes, I know, Koepka was also at 5-under. But Spieth and Kuchar went bogey free while Koepka made a bogey on 16 then holed out for eagle on 17. Great round, but not consistent like his fellow co-leaders.

Worst Round

Louis Oosthuizen (8-over 78): Ceremonial players like David Duval and Mark O’Meara don’t count here. Louis was a legit favorite coming into Birkdale, and he totally bottomed out – lowlighted by a three hole stretch (12-14) where he went 6-over (double-bogey, bogey, triple-bogey).

 

Most Disappointing Round

Southport native Tommy Fleetwood was the sexy pick among so called experts entering Birkdale. A 6-over 76 must be hugely disappointing for the Englishman.


Best Dressed

Justin Thomas wore a tie and a cardigan sweater in the opening round and proceeded to shoot a 3-under 67. Sharp all around.


Best Comeback

Rory McIlory was 5-over after six holes and it looked like the wikipedia screen grabber was going to miss his third straight cut. But after reportedly being told by his caddy that he’s “Rory McIlroy,” the reigning FedEx Cup champ went 4-under on the back-nine to finish at 1-over, six shots back.


Worst Dressed

Jason Day’s game is in the tank, and so are his outfits. The former world No. 1 wore a super tight top, even-tighter pants, and goofy high top sneakers. He shot 1-under 69.


Best Round By a No-Name

Richard Bland and Austin Connelly are tied for 6th at 3-under, alongside Justin Thomas, Ian Poulter, Charley Hoffman, and Rafael Cabrera Bello. Does anyone know who Bland and Connelly are?


Most Popular Score

Eighteen players in the field shot an opening round even-par 70.


Least Popular Score

Only Adam Hodkinson shot a 10-over 80. And only Mark O’Meara posted a 81.


Best Shot

Charley Hoffman holed out for eagle on his approach shot on the par-4 first hole.


Stats

  • Jordan Spieth is at 5-under par and co-leads after round one, despite struggling badly off the tee, hitting just five of 14 fairways (35.7%, T109). How did he do it? Spieth was lights-out going after the greens (15 of 18, 86%, T1)
  • Royal Birkdale played to a length of 7,041 yards Thursday, compared to the scorecard yardage of 7,156 yards
  • Stat Leaders: Fairways hit (Ross Fisher: 11/14); Greens hit (Richard Bland/Paul Casey/Russell Henley/Jordan
  • Spieth/Kyle Stanley: 15/18); Putts (Brooks Koepka: 21)
  • Toughest hole: The par-4 sixth hole played to a 4.500
  • Easiest hole: The par-5 17th: 4.538
  • Bogey-free Rounds: Jordan Spieth (65), Matt Kuchar (65), Joost Luiten (68)

Final Scores, Round One

POSPLAYERTO PARTOT
T1Jordan Spieth-565
T1Brooks Koepka-565
T1Matt Kuchar-565
T4Paul Casey-466
T4Charl Schwartzel-466
T6Ian Poulter-367
T6Justin Thomas-367
T6Richard Bland-367
T6Austin Connelly-367
T6Charley Hoffman-367
T6Rafael Cabrera Bello-367
T12Stuart Manley-268
T12Alex Noren-268
T12Hideki Matsuyama-268
T12James Hahn-268
T12Sung-hoon Kang-268
T12Martin Laird-268
T12Ernie Els-268
T12Joost Luiten-268
T12David Lipsky-268
T12Richie Ramsay-268
T12Daniel Berger-268
T12Bubba Watson-268
T12Kevin Na-268
T12Kent Bulle-268
T26Matthew Fitzpatrick-169
T26Thomas Pieters-169
T26Henrik Stenson-169
T26Robert Streb-169
T26Andrew Johnston-169
T26Bernd Wiesberger-169
T26Aaron Baddeley-169
T26Jason Day-169
T26Adam Scott-169
T26Jon Rahm-169
T26Marc Leishman-169
T26Andrew Dodt-169
T26Xander Schauffele-169
T26Haotong Li-169
T40Thongchai JaideeE70
T40Steve StrickerE70
T40Branden GraceE70
T40Russell HenleyE70
T40Gary WoodlandE70
T40Si Woo KimE70
T40Tony FinauE70
T40Toby TreeE70
T40Matthew GriffinE70
T40Brian HarmanE70
T40Ross FisherE70
T40Andy SullivanE70
T40Kevin KisnerE70
T40Thorbjorn OlesenE70
T40Yusaku MiyazatoE70
T40Paul LawrieE70
T40Kyle StanleyE70
T40Laurie CanterE70
T58Chris Wood171
T58Darren Fichardt171
T58Soren Kjeldsen171
T58Danny Willett171
T58Young-han Song171
T58Alexander Levy171
T58Webb Simpson171
T58Alfie Plant171
T58Justin Rose171
T58J.B. Holmes171
T58Shaun Norris171
T58Yi Keun Chang171
T58Adam Hadwin171
T58Jamie Lovemark171
T58Bill Haas171
T58Rickie Fowler171
T58Yuta Ikeda171
T58Dustin Johnson171
T58Rory McIlroy171
T58Lee Westwood171
T58Scott Hend171
T79Tom Lehman272
T79Peter Uihlein272
T79Shane Lowry272
T79Chan Kim272
T79Joseph Dean272
T79Matthew Southgate272
T79Martin Kaymer272
T79David Drysdale272
T79Jimmy Walker272
T79Sean O'Hair272
T79Pablo Larrazabal272
T90Jason Dufner373
T90Kyung-tae Kim373
T90Dylan Frittelli373
T90Shiv Kapur373
T90Anirban Lahiri373
T90Padraig Harrington373
T90Connor Syme373
T90Mike Hendry373
T90Sergio Garcia373
T90Brandon Stone373
T90Kevin Chappell373
T90Patrick Reed373
T90Phil Mickelson373
T90Francesco Molinari373
T90Gi-Whan Kim373
T90Haydn McCullen373
T106Ryan Moore474
T106Phachara Khongwatmai474
T106Russell Knox474
T106Charles Howell III474
T106Wesley Bryan474
T106Pat Perez474
T106Matthieu Pavon474
T106Julian Suri474
T106John Daly474
T106Cameron Smith474
T106Callum Shinkwin474
T106Ryan Fox474
T106Paul Waring474
T106Nick McCarthy474
T106Sebastian Munoz474
T121Paul Broadhurst575
T121David Horsey575
T121Michael Lorenzo-Vera575
T121Darren Clarke575
T121Luca Cianchetti575
T121Mark Foster575
T121Alexander Bjork575
T121Adam Bland575
T121Tyrrell Hatton575
T121Zach Johnson575
T121Jhonattan Vegas575
T121Ash Hall575
T133Roberto Castro676
T133Billy Horschel676
T133Emiliano Grillo676
T133Bryson DeChambeau676
T133Prayad Marksaeng676
T133Brendan Steele676
T133Tommy Fleetwood676
T133Jbe' Kruger676
T133Ryan McCarthy676
T142Jeunghun Wang777
T142Stewart Cink777
T142Sandy Lyle777
T142Byeong Hun An777
T142Fabrizio Zanotti777
T142Harry Ellis777
T142Robert Dinwiddie777
T142William McGirt777
T142Hideto Tanihara777
T151Maverick McNealy878
T151Louis Oosthuizen878
T153David Duval979
T153Todd Hamilton979
155Adam Hodkinson1080
156Mark O'Meara1181

Jeff Smith

Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.



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