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2013 British Open Update

by Photo of Scott Davis

A quick update from Scotland as the world’s best golfers take on the first day in British Open.

2013 British Open Update

The 2013 British Open got underway today as the world's best golfers flooded Muirfield Golf Club. Thus far, as the last few British Opens have gone, the events have taken an unusual turn.

Heading into the big tournament, fans hope for intense drama in the later rounds as the best golfers duel each other for the Claret Jug, the Open's trophy. Unfortunately, what most fans hope not to see has taken place: drama with the actual course. Through the first round, multiple golfers have complained about the conditions of the course. Scotland has been experiencing an unusually hot, dry summer that has burned out several of the greens, which, of course, changes the way the ball moves through the grass.

Likewise, some golfers have been complaining about the pin placements on the course. Phil Mickelson, in an interview after his round, called the placements "funky" (likely in place of others words he couldn't use) and even expressed sympathy for the afternoon golfers who would deal with worse conditions as the day goes on.

Ian Poulter, an English golfer, was a little less subtle:

The conditions haven't stopped some players, though. Once again in this year's Open, the top seeds are lacking superstar names. Currently, Zach Johnson from the U.S. leads all golfers after shooting a 66, 5 under par in the first round. Trailing him is Rafael Cabrera-Bello, a Spanish golfer, and Mark O'Meara, another American, tied in second at 4 under par.

Phil Mickelson, despite gripes about the course, is tied for ninth with a 69, two under par. Tiger Woods, after a rough front nine, rallied on the back nine to finish up with the same score as Mickelson. Another interesting name tied with Tiger and Phil is 19-year-old American Jordan Speith, who won last weekend's John Deere Classic just to qualify.

Other notable golfers are a bit behind, though. Bubba Watson is tied for 15th after shooting a 70 through 18 holes. Adam Scott is tied for 21st with a perfect par for the first round. The aforementioned Mr. Poulter finished one above par. Ernie Els, the last golfer to win the Open at Muirfield, didn't play so well, tied for 59th after shooting three above par.

The action has stopped today and will resume tomorrow.

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