ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Just one – or two, depending on who you ask – of the top cards on Day 1 at the Open Championship were shot in the morning, when the wind was dormant and the course was soft from a few days of rain.
Lee Westwood carded a 5-under 67 and Bradley Dredge, who shot 65 but enjoyed the more benign conditions earlier in his round, post solid cards after the weather turned.
“It was certainly a day of two halves,” said Graeme McDowell, an afternoon starter who carded a 1-under 71. “There were putts going in all over the place when I was eating breakfast. . . . We definitely got the wrong side of the afternoon.”
To make matters worse, Friday’s forecast calls for windy conditions early in the day when today’s afternoon starters head out and calming just past lunch.