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Open Championship tracker: Day 1 at St. Andrews

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The 144th Open Championship takes place this week at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. is tracking the men's third major of the season through on-site reporting and social media. For additional Open coverage, click here for full-field scores and click here for our Tiger Tracker. All-times for the Open Championship tracker are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

3:27PM: And ... that just about does it. Here's a final look at the leaderboard after Day 1. Still some players on the course but the top is set. Join us again tomorrow for wall-to-wall Open Championship action.

3:22PM: Shots fired!

3:17PM: So what's in store for us tomorrow? Anybody's guess.

3:00PM: Rickie Fowler starts with an even-par 72. Gets a "We love you Rickie!" from some female fans as he walks off the green despite being dressed like the Cookie Monster.

2:49PM: Phil Mickelson makes his kick-in birdie on 18 to close out a 2-under 70. Battled tough conditions all afternoon.

2:30PM: Is Tiger Woods done? Here's an interesting take:

2:22PM: Adam Scott birdies two his his last three holes and posts a 2-under 70. Could've had a worse birthday.

2:11PM: In case you missed it, Miguel Angel Jimenez opened with a 3-over 75 today. Which is a shame considering how he warmed up:

2:00PM: And a loud roar for Hiroyuki Fujita on 17 as he chips in for ... par.

1:52PM: Mark O'Meara's first competitive round as a World Golf Hall of Famer is an even-par 72

1:48PM: If you're looking at this Open leaderboard and wondering where you've seen it before, you're not alone.

1:37PM: World, meet Ashley Chesters. Kid is having himself a day, pushing Jordan Niebrugge for low am on Day 1.

1:32PM: So ... ZJ's kind of a big fan of Thursdays at the Open.

1:23PM: Zach Johnson birdies 18 for a 6-under 66 and sits one off the lead:

1:13PM: Quite the card from Calc:

1:02PM: Bernd Wiesberger's under there somewhere:

12:55PM: And not getting any easier as the wind picks up:

12:35PM: Fowler eagles the driveable par-4 10th to reach red figures:

12:27PM: Wind is really picking up, and Geoff Ogilvy drops back to 3 under after a bogey on 13 and a double on 14.

12:16PM: Solid opening nine for Justin Rose:

12:03PM: The group of Mickelson, Stenson and Kuchar all make the turn at 1 under par.

11:57AM: Zach Johnson is 6 under thru 14. And even better news, no boats with air cannons spotted on St. Andrews Bay.

11:44AM: Think we'd all sign up for a Spieth-DJ final pairing on Sunday.

11:41AM: More bad news for Tiger:

11:33AM: Adam Scott and Martin Kaymer, both -1 thru 9, not taking advantage of the easier opening nine. Scottish Open winner Rickie Fowler is even par thru 6.

11:27AM: Some quick analysis on Tiger's horrendous start:

11:17AM: After two straight birdies, Phil takes the aggressive approach off the tee at No. 6 with a driver, finds the large bushes right, takes an unplayable and makes bogey.

11:13AM: Justin Rose wasting no time getting into contention, with three birdies in the first five holes.

11:00AM: Your latest leaderboard update as we cross into the 11 o'clock hour here on the East Coast (4 o'clock local time in Scotland).

10:50AM: Peter Aliss on Jordan Spieth: "He's been 21 longer than my wife has been 39."
10:44AM: Nice to see Jason Day playing more good golf in a major. Even nicer not to be worrying about him the whole time:
10:34AM: Former Open champion John Daly, wearing this pair of pants, is 4 under today through 10 holes. Daly won at St. Andrews in 1995 and was T-15 at the Old Course in 2005.

10:24AM: Woods sits tied with 65-year-old Tom Watson in 133rd place at 4 over. Only two worse scores have been posted thus far in Round 1.
10:18AM: Stray quotes from Tiger's post-round news conference, which despite his struggles featured plenty of smiling:

"I fought hard, I just made so many mistakes today."

"It was just one of those mixed bags, one of those mixed bags today."

On the benign conditions and the bevy of low scores from the rest of the field: "Hopefully conditions will be tough tomorrow and I can put together a good round."

10:06AM: Paul Azinger, back for more:
10:02AM: Tiger Woods taps in for a 4-over 76, his worst round as a professional at St. Andrews.
9:52AM: Paul Lawrie makes par at the last for a first-round 6-under 66. Led with DJ at 7 under before a bogey on the Road Hole. As for what he's been up to since 1999, his best finish in an Open post-victory is a T-26 in 2013. He's missed the cut eight times. The 46-year-old's last career win came in 2012 at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. He won twice that year.
9:39AM: Dustin Johnson in the clubhouse tied for the lead at 7 under thanks to an opening 65. Spieth jarred a birdie try on the home hole to post even on the back and 5 under for the day.
9:33AM: Worth note, this film came out the year Tiger won his first major. The 1997 Open champion? Justin Leonard at 12-under 272 at Royal Troon.

Bonus points if you can remember the name of Kinnear's dog in the film. What's Helen Hunt up to nowadays?

9:23AM: Dustin Johnson has either completely forgotten about what happened at the U.S. Open, or he's been totally consumed by it and is on the warpath. Just rolled in a 20-footer at the Road Hole to stay 7 under.

9:20AM: The birthday boy is off and running and in the middle of the first fairway. Happy 35th:

One other birthday, Tom Gillis, who lost to Jordan Spieth last week at the John Deere Classic but parlayed his second-place finish into an Open invite, turns 47 today.

9:12AM: For those of you just waking up on the West Coast, Paul Lawrie is back! And so is Dustin Johnson.

9:05AM: Scott Van Pelt on the broadcast: "You want to feel old for a second? This is Sergio Garcia's 19th Open Championship." Yeah, that'll do it. Garcia, unfortunately, finds the Road Hole bunker and is unable to save par at 17 despite a lovely out. Back to 2 under today.

8:55AM: Curtis Strange, echoing Paul Azinger's thoughts on Tiger Woods from earlier: "He keeps saying he's getting in the right positions, making the right moves, but we haven't seen signs of improvement."

8:51AM: A disappointing finish for Bubba Watson, who played his first 14 holes a bogey-free 3 under, only to stumble at Nos. 15 and 17 and post an opening 71. Bubba was hole-high in two at the par-5 14th and made par. Two dropped shots followed.

8:39AM: The birdie is encouraging. The latter half of this tweet is not.

8:31AM: Paul Kinnear, a 21-year-old English amateur, birdied the par-3 11th to get to 6 under par, one off the lead.

8:29AM: Tom Watson shoots 4-over 76. He was 2 under par through 10, but had three double bogeys on the back nine.

8:23AM: Still waiting on the 15th tee box.

8:16AM: Got a back up on the back nine. DJ, Spieth and Matsuyama are standing on the par-4 15th, waiting to play. Lots of people standing around right now.

8:12AM: Dustin Johnson has regained a share of the lead with a birdie at the par-5 14th. Jordan Spieth made par and is now two back. Regarding Spieth's par ...

8:05AM: Here's where things stand as we cross the 8AM ET hour.

8:01AM: Paul Lawrie, yes, Paul Lawrie from the infamous 1999 Open Championship is your leader. He just birdied No. 13 to reach 7 under.

7:53AM: Tiger Woods' struggles continue. He made par on the 12th, but it wasn't pretty.

7:51AM: Jordan Spieth finds a coffin bunker off the tee at 13 and makes bogey, his first of the tournament. He's back to 5 under, one off the lead.

7:47AM: Luke Donald is trying to close a strong opening round. Here's how he saved par from the Road Hole bunker to remain at 4 under.

7:38AM: Retief Goosen is a co-leader. The two-time U.S. Open champion, who had to qualify for both Opens this year, shoots 6-under 66.

7:35AM: Kevin Na reaches the clubhouse at 5 under par after an opening 67.

7:30AM: Not among those under par? Tiger Woods. Another bogey has him down to 5 over ... but it's not all bad.

7:24AM: Jason Day is back in the major mix. He birdies the 10th to reach 4 under. Fifty-seven players are currently under par.

7:21AM: Here's how Spieth grabbed a share of the lead on Day 1.

7:15AM: Add Jordan Spieth to the top of the leaderboard. He birdies the 11th to tie Dustin Johnson and Robert Streb at 6 under.

7:13AM: Amateur Jordan Niebrugge birdies the 18th for a 5-under 67. Niebrugge plays college golf at Oklahoma State.

7:10AM: That's a front-nine 40 for Tiger Woods.

7:03AM: Dustin Johnson is a co-leader. He just birdied the 10th to reach 6 under and tie Robert Streb (66) for the top spot. Jordan Spieth is one back.

7:01AM: David Lingmerth turned in 29, and then came home in 40 for an opening 3-under 69.

6:55AM: What does it take to win majors? This year it's birdies. Lots of birdies. And Spieth has made more than anyone, writes Gil Capps.

6:50AM: Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson both turned in 5-under 31. Both are one off the lead.

6:43AM: Tiger's round is rubbish. That's how Scots describe it.

6:39AM: Robert Streb leads the way at 6 under, but here's a look at some guys just three back.Have you heard of any of these guys?

6:35AM: In the clubhouse: Greg Owen with a 4-under 68. On the opposite side of things, Rod Pampling with a 5-over 77.

6:30AM: Amateur hour. 22-year-old Irish amateur Paul Dunne posted 3-under 69 in his first round.

6:23AM: No words needed.

6:20AM: After the tap-in birdie at No. 7, make that 51 of 151.

6:18AM: I can't even. Spieth just stuck it to 2 feet for birdie on No. 7. I. Just. Can't.

6:14AM: And now for your Tiger Hacker update. Oh, sorry. Tiger Tracker update:

6:12AM: Ladies and gentlemen, may I present you with the 144th Open Championship leader, Robert Streb:

6:08AM: That's four birdies in six holes for Jordan Spieth. He's 4 under (so is Dustin Johnson, by the way) and two shots off leader Robert Streb. (And no, "leader Robert Streb" was not a typo.)

6:03AM: Yes. It really is this exciting.

5:53AM: Raise your hand if you want to see a Jordan Spieth-Dustin Johnson final pairing on Sunday.

5:37AM: Former world No. 1 Luke Donald playing well in his bid for major No. 1:

5:36AM: Correction. Make that Open co-leader, as David Lingmerth just made bogey at 14 to fall to 5 under, tied with Robert Streb.

5:34AM: Todd Lewis with a nugget on your early Open leader, David Lingmerth:

5:21AM: Big cat goes bogey-bogey to start. Trails leader David Lingmerth (6 under through 13) by eight.

5:15AM: Meanwhile, Tiger is playing the Old Course as if he's never seen it before.

5:12AM: Kids these days. 22-year-old amateur and friend of Spieth, Ollie Schniederjans is 3 under through 7.

5:08AM: TBD on the GOAT ... but P. Reed definitely top 5 ever.

5:05AM: Pin locations for the first round of the 144th Open Championship:

5:03AM: Here's a live look at the current leaderboard at the 144th Open Championship:

5:01AM: Think Tiger needs some creme for that burn? From the middle of the fairway, Woods dumps his approach into No. 1 into the burn.

4:58AM: That's two in a row for Spieth. I repeat: That's two birdies in a row for Spieth who is now 2 under through two.

4:55AM: Tiger Woods is off! ... In his bid for major No. 15. And he found the fairway at 1.

4:52AM: 28. That's the number of players currently under par at the Open Championship.

4:46AM: For those visual learners out there, may we present this:

4:43AM: We'll take 71 more of those, please. It's a birdie for Jordan Spieth at the first. Matsuyama also makes birdie; DJ in with a par.

4:40AM: These guys mean business. Spieth, DJ and Hideki Matsuyama all stick it close on the first hole. Have solid birdie looks.

4:35AM: And DJ is in search of his first major championship, paired with Spieth the first two rounds.

4:33AM: Jordan Spieth is off and running in his bid to win three consecutive major championships.

4:29AM: Note the time. At 4:29 we're telling you just how impressive that 29 was:

4:17AM: On the list of things no one saw coming: David Lingmerth opened the Open Championship in 29.

4:00AM: Good morning from St. Andrews!