Highlight of the day

Without a doubt Phil Mickelson’s faultless round of 63 to tie the all-time record in major championship history. If not for a cruel roll of the ball we would be talking about THE greatest round in 156 years of major history but alas, it wasn’t to be as a lip out on 18 for 62 ended Phil’s magnificent day on the links.

Best shot

There are hole-in-ones that creep on to the green and just keep running, there are those that are toed, shinned and thinned and still find the target.

This, though, from Louis Oosthuizen on the 14th is about as perfect a shot as an ace can be – arrowed at the target, one bounce and hitting the bottom of the cup. We salute you, sir.

Worst shot

It’s worst shots – plural. The trio of David Duval, Scott Gregory and Sandy Lyle had a team score to forget once they had totted up their figures at the 11th.

The three-ball managed to complete it in an eye-watering 11 over par between them thanks to a 7 for Gregory, a 7 for Lyle and a 9 for Duval.

TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 14: Sandy Lyle of Scotland tees off on the 6th hole during the first round on day one of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 14, 2016 in Troon, Scotland. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It completely derailed the amateur Gregory, who had been sailing round at -4 after a birdie at the 10th and would eventually finish at +7.

It just added to the misery for Lyle, who finished with an 85 and Duval, who completed in 82. I know they are former champions, but should they really be in the field?

Day one talking point

Well, surprisingly day one’s talking point was mainly about day two. The weather, in links golf it can turn in a matter of minutes and with heavy rain forecast the big talking point on course was who that had gone low would be able to sustain their pace tomorrow. Now, we play the waiting game.

We are surprised by

How in the heck did Phil’s putt on 18 not drop? Seriously, a lip out for a 62 and major championship history is just cruel! A tie will have to do I guess..

We are not surprised by

Just how difficult the 11th turned out to be.

Duval was joined by Steven Bowditch and Kristoffer Broberg in recording a 9 on the 482-yard par 4 and, even in today’s relatively benign conditions, it was an absolute monster.

With sixes and sevens all over the place, and a number of balls threatening passing trains – including that of Matt Jones, who was joint leader at the time – the Railway hole proved every bit as tough as we had imagined.

day at The Open

What’s it going to be like tomorrow if the wind gets up and the rain falls as expected?

Worst outfit

This should come as no surprise but, with his pineapple pants, John Daly has set new boundaries for tasteless.

On a generally bland day in the sartorial stakes, Daly’s combination of mac and cheese really took the biscuit.

TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 14: John Daly of the United States hits his second shot on the 6th during the first round on day one of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 14, 2016 in Troon, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Best tweet

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