We wrap up what some of the key contenders have had to say following their rounds at The Open
There’s always a lot to talk about at The Open – and the players have had plenty to say following their opening 18 holes at Hoylake.
Here we wrap what some of the major performers thought of their first rounds following a thrilling day at Royal Liverpool…
The Open: What the leading players said
Rory hangs in there after ‘not the easiest of days’
Rory McIlroy kept his Open dreams alive – after surviving some bunker woe and nailing a crucial par putt at the last.
“I wouldn’t have been too happy walking off the 18th with a bogey,” he said. “Especially after the two shots I hit in there,” McIlroy said after his opening round.
“When you hit it into these bunkers, you are riding your luck at that point and hoping it is not up against one of those riveted faces.
“Jon [Rahm] and I did not have much of a shot with our thirds, so then you are just hoping to make par somehow and get out of there. Overall, two-over through 12, to get back to even for the day, I am pretty pleased with that.
“I needed to stay patient out there, it wasn’t the easiest of days, but I am still right in there. Go out in the morning and shoot something in 60s and I will hopefully be right in the mix.”
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Is Fleetwood’s time coming?
Tommy Fleetwood reckons his time is coming after his opening 66 gave him a share of the lead.
“I enjoy the game and I enjoy trying to get better and at the moment, we’re in this period where I have to be patient and trust in what we’re doing,” he said.
“There are times when it can go either way and it hasn’t gone my way yet. All I can do is keep working hard and keep playing and putting myself in more positions like that, and hopefully, it’ll be my turn soon.”
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Lamprecht says he’s earned his spot
An amateur hasn’t won the Open since 1930 – and Bobby Jones was one of the all-time best. But Christo Lamprecht’s 66 has him tied at the top and the young South African says he’s earned it.
“As an amateur, yes it is [surprising]. But in my own head, no it’s not. I think I am very hard to myself and I think I earned my spot to be here,” he said.
“The way I played today, I earned to be at the top of the leaderboard, as of now. It is not a cocky thing to say, I just personally believe in myself. Stepping onto the first tee, if you are a competitor, you should believe you are the best. I am very proud of it, a little surprised, naturally, but also I played good golf today.
Home hero relishes Open-ing shot
Home hero Matthew Jordan said hitting the first tee shot at the Open was everything he could have wished. He carried the hopes of Hoylake into his first round and his 69 has him well in the hunt.
“I’m running out of words to describe it,” he said. “It was crazy, mental, loud, everything I could’ve wished for. I’m certainly trying to think of a better experience than that and I don’t think I can.
“Obviously with the occasion and everything going on to start with, I’m really happy to break 70, that’s one thing. If you do that, you can’t be displeased.”
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