A local favourite, an Amateur Champion and an afternoon exception lead the way after day one of The 151st Open as Tommy Fleetwood, Christo Lamprecht and Emiliano Grillo each shot a five-under-par 66 at Royal Liverpool.
On a day which started with Royal Liverpool member Matthew Jordan getting the action underway, the course at Hoylake proved a challenge for many – particularly those who found themselves in the afternoon groups.
But South Africa’s Lamprecht, making his Open debut just down the road from Hillside, where he won The Amateur Championship to qualify, showed no such struggles.
With his imposing 6’ 8” frame, Lamprecht mastered the narrow fairways, swerved the devilish bunkers and produced one of the shots of the round to take the clubhouse lead.
He was joined on five-under by Fleetwood, who managed his best opening round at The Open as he looks to lift the Claret Jug and win a first major.
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