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— The Open (@TheOpen) July 17, 2016
The Golf Blog says: After three-putt bogeying the first hole, 40-year-old Henrik Stenson went lights out, making 10 birdies en route to a 63. Stenson, who is known for his shotmaking, was so solid with his irons. But it was his putting, his usual weakness, that was simply amazing today. Stenson’s 51-foot birdie bomb on the 15th hole opened up a 2-shot lead and elevated Stenson to his first major. Stenson birdied the last hole to shoot 63 and seal the record for lowest number of strokes at a major.
Phil Mickelson played beautifully as well, shooting a 65. In fact, his score set the record for lowest score to finish second place at a major, and it was Phil’s lowest final round at a major in his career. Phil needed to shoot 62 just to force a playoff. Phil just ran into another golfer who was in the zone and would not be denied. Congrats, Henrik!
HE WALKED IT IN pic.twitter.com/0KITpK7Bml
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— The Open (@TheOpen) July 16, 2016
The Golf Blog says: 40-year=old Henrik Stenson shot a low round of the day, a 3-under 68 to take a 1 shot lead over Phil Mickelson. The next closest competitor is Jay Haas, who is 6 strokes back. It looks like Sunday will be a match between Stenson and Mickelson. Stenson’s iron game looks so strong, but he has yet to win a major so the pressure will be on him more than on the 46-year old Mickelson, who won the Open Championship in 2013, his last victory.
After the round, Phil admitted that his rhythm was off and he was not swinging it well. He went back to the range after his round. He shouldn’t be too discouraged with a 1-under 70, after making some tough saves.Tweet
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The Golf Blog says: Phil Mickelson put a thrill into the first round of The Open Championship. He had 8 birdies and no bogeys to shoot a 63. But his birdie putt on the 18th hole lipped out–denying him the record low round for any major in history. Oh well. Phil is 3 shots ahead of Patrick Reed and others.
UPDATE: Phil has started round 2 and is now 11-under after 8 holes, with a 5-shot lead.Tweet
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The Golf Blog says: Rory McIlroy has said some controversial remarks this week about not fretting about his decision to withdraw from the Olympic Games. He also revealed how lax the drug testing is in golf. He’s been tested only once this year (a urine test), and usually is only tested 4 or 5 times a year.
McIlroy appeared to be calling for greater testing in golf. But he also made the provocative statement: “You can’t really pick up HGH (human growth hormone) in a urine test, so I could use HGH and get away with it.” Presumably, Rory was speaking hypothetically to make a point about the lax testing. [More from BBC]Tweet