Dustin Johnson to tee off as betting favourite on British Open odds

The gents at the R&A gave Woods, who shot 71, an unconscionably late Thursday tee time, 3:21 p.m., playing with Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and Knox, who was born in Inverness and now lives in Jacksonville Beach.

"I putted so badly at the Greenbrier (he finished 55th two weeks ago), and I just really worked hard at it, " Kisner said.

American strength in depth is all the more striking with the Ryder Cup coming up in France at the end of September, and with Tiger Woods in Scotland looking like a genuine contender to finally triumph at a major again, a decade after he won his 14th at the US Open. So getting to play with him is pretty unique.

"So it certainly could have been a little bit better". Eastern, so by the time America gets up tomorrow, we ought to have a good idea of whether he'll really challenge for a win ... or if he'll make the weekend.

"You get to places like Augusta National, where it's just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately", Woods continued. Another highlight: his long birdie putt on No. 11, one that brought back memories of Tiger putts of old...

Lucas Herbert chats with the great Tiger Woods at Carnoustie. Woods said his neck has "been bugging me for a while", and when he felt discomfort on the range he chose to wear the kinesiology tape.

Just how much, we'll see.

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Neither Simpson or Harman have hit such heights in an Open yet, but haven't disgraced themselves either and tick all the other boxes. "So you had to go out and take advantage of it", said Van Rooyen, whose compatriot Brandon Stone shot a three-under 68. Hopefully for his sake, this one turns out better than that one did.

"Greg (Norman) was there at Birkdale, I think about 54-ish, somewhere around there".

"I played better than what the score indicates", he said. "I'm here to win, not just enjoy my walk around the course". So while concrete fairways seem to lend themselves to closer distances to these greens and more birdie opportunities, that wasn't always the case on Thursday. Carnoustie is known as the hardest course in The Open rotation and Fowler is the type of player that can grind it out on a tough course.

Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm powered their way to 69s, going for the green on short par 4s. "I don't think it will be less than that".

"They just had blank spots on the tee spots, so I put my name down", Herbert said.

Kisner's best score in three previous trips to the British Open was a 69 in the final round past year at Royal Birkdale. He was not pleased when his standards slipped with an untidy approach shot at five. That's because he shot a 41 (!) on the front nine before recovering with a 31 (!) on the back.

He got his driver out at the long but friendly 6th and it rolled 365 of the available 580 yards of Hogan's Alley that had given up five eagles and 60 birdies up until then.

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