Round 1 of Open Championship Concludes

The first day of the 2007 Open Championship began in cold and rainy conditions. With the course playing much fairer than in the 1999 Championship, low scores were quite a possibility.

Notable first rounds include:

Sergio Garcia showed his long-known talent by firing an amazing 7 birdies and only one bogey to finish the day as the leader of the 2007 Open Championship. However, Garcia has always struggled when near the top, especially when paired with Tiger Woods during the weekend. Garcia has never won a major and looks to shed his BPNTWAM status. Of course, his putting has always been his downfall when in contention, but his putting numbers have been solid during the 2007 season.

Paul McGinley shot a 4-under 67 and finished the day in second place. It seems unlikely that he will ultimately win the British Open as his best finish was sixth place at the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Tiger Woods had arguably the best shot of the day, sinking a 100-foot putt for birdie on the 16th hole. He finished the day with a 2-under 69 and deemed it to be, "a good, positive start." He is tied with 5 other players including K.J. Choi and Padraig Harrington for 8th place and four strokes from the leader.

Phil Mickelson looks probable to make the cut, finishing at even par with two birdies and two bogeys on the day, which was good for 25th place.

Angel Cabrera, winner of the 2007 US Open at Oakmont, is tied with four other players for third place.

K.J. Choi is continuing his strong play, shooting a 69. Choi has already captured two titles in 2007, most recently Tiger AT&T.

John Daly played a game that epitomized his professional career. Of course, Daly won the Open in 1995. He played the first eleven holes of round one well, capping #11 with an eagle. Following the tremendous eagle, Daly found himself at the top of the leaderboard. Suddenly, as huge crowds amassed, Daly finished his round with two pars, three bogeys, one double bogey, and one triple in the final seven holes of the first round. The disappointing finish to the round gave him a 74, good for 83rd place. Unfortunately for Long John, he has gone from a contender for the championship to a fighter to make the weekend.

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