Kellys 2003 Open experience began with an 11 on the par-4 first hole. He hit his drive into the left rough, and it took six more swings to remove it.
I made a mistake off the tee and we hadnt felt that grass wet yet this week, Kelly said. Ive hit shots out of that all week and theyve come out fine.
After the six futile attempts to get his ball back to safety, Kelly took an unplayable lie, and the one-stroke penalty that came with it.
His ninth shot flew over the green, from where he chipped to 30 feet.
People will ask me, How did you make an 11? Ill say, I made a 30-footer, man! Kelly joked.
The two-time PGA Tour winner added one birdie, seven bogeys and a double bogey to his card for a round of 15-over 87. He withdrew from the tournament, but not because of his score.
Following the conclusion of his adventurous day, Kelly sought treatment on his hand. He injured it while hitting a 3-iron at the 17th. Dr. John Rigg, the R&As chief medical officer, advised Kelly to consult a hand specialist.
He knows that we would be probably working on it right now if I shot even par, but there is no reason for me to do any more damage, Kelly explained.
The doctor has said it will not get better by tomorrow and said for me to go home and see a hand specialist. So after shooting this score I need to think about the future.
Riggs treated Kelly for dehydration after the third round at Muirfield last year.
YOURE NOT ALONE
Kelly wasnt the only player who had a miserable first round.
Thomas Bjorn was 2-under after 16 holes, and one shot off the lead, when he made an 8 at the par-4 17th. After finding the greenside bunker in three, he left his first attempt in the hazard and proceeded to slam his club into the sand, thus incurring a two-stroke penalty.
He got up and down from there for a quadruple bogey.
Sure Ive seen that happen, but never in an Open, said his playing competitor Nick Faldo.
Bjorn refused to comment on the matter.
2001 Open Champion David Duval also had an 8 and two 7s in shooting 12-over 83. Steve Elkington, who lost in a playoff last year, had a triple-bogey 7 at the eighth and a quadruple-bogey 9 at the 14th en route to matching Kelly's 86.
Paul Azinger also withdrew after a front-nine 42.
Faldo, who finished runner-up to Greg Norman at this venue in 1993, shot 5-over 76. Norman, on the other hand, had a 2-under 69 ' this despite playing in only two previous events, mainly because of back problems.
Hes obviously a great fisherman, Faldo said in jest. Hes only played three times this year. Lucky devil, thats what Im thinking now. When I get myself a billion-dollar boat, Im going to be fishing more than playing golf.
WHO IS HO?
S.K. Ho is tied for fourth after the first round. He is a Japan Golf Tour member, who claimed only first victory in the 2002 Shinhan Donghae Open on the Asian PGA Tour.
The 29-year-old Korean went through qualifying to get into this weeks field.