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Date: July 18-21, 2019
Course: Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland
Course stats: Par 71, 7,344 yards
Purse: $10.75 million
Defending champion: Francesco Molinari (-8)
- Report: What happened at the Open?
- Feature: Why Portrush is the Open they didn’t want to miss
- Feature: Is ‘Calamity’ the best par 3 in the world?
- Update: Tee times
The Open leaderboard 2019
Open leaderboard 2019: What happened on day one?
The last time all four majors in a calendar year were won by Americans? 1982.
And of the contenders looking to make it another clean sweep 37 years later, not many expected JB Holmes to be head of the pack.
But a 5-under 66 from Holmes, who incidentally was born in ’82, was enough to lead the day on a fascinating first day at a bustling Royal Portrush.
It knocked Shane Lowry, who had led for a lot of the day at 4-under, off the top of the leaderboard.
The pack on 3-under includes Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Tony Finau and Jon Rahm who bogeyed two of his last four holes. Also tied for 4th is Ryan Fox, whose round included going out in 39 and back in 10 shots fewer – the first ever back-nine 29 in Open history.
Justin Rose and Jason Day headline the handful of players at 2-under.
If there was one disappointment for the bumper crowds – other than Rory McIlroy, which we’ll get to – then it will be a weekend without Tiger Woods (78) or Phil Mickelson (76).
As for McIlroy, all the talk was of the incredible 61 here as a 16-year-old playing in the North of Ireland Amateur Open, but after soaking in the deafening roars on the 1st tee, what happened next was simply astonishing.
McIlroy pumped his first tee shot out of bounds on Portrush’s tight opener, before reloading and finding the rough. His fourth shot missed the green left and he was forced to take an unplayable.
At this point, even the person behind Sky Sports’ graphics couldn’t keep up. While it said ‘7th shot’, it was actually his sixth. An awkward chip off the slope left him with a four-footer to save – in the loosest sense of the term – a triple-bogey, but it missed on the bottom side and McIlroy, after years of waiting for his moment, was 4-over through one hole.
A bogey at the par-3 3rd left McIlroy at 5-over, but he battled back to 3-over thanks to birdies at 7 and 9, but then it all went wrong again at 16.
Having missed a short par putt at the hole they call Calamity Corner, McIlroy then missed the casual tap in back up the hill and was forced to take a double-bogey 5.
It wasn’t the end of McIlroy’s misery though, as a triple-bogey 7 on 18 left him signing for an 8-over 79.
You can read the full report, including McIlroy’s thoughts on his meltdown, here.