Erik van Rooyen makes flying start for SA at #TheOpen

Annette Crawford
July 22, 2018

However, after parring the 10th he dropped seven shots in the next seven holes with five bogeys and a double at 16.

"Everyone acts like this is the first time I've been bandaged up".

"I wanted to get going and get this 10-footer to save par, but I think having maybe just a couple minutes to calm me down, and then I actually got a different read when I sat down and looked at it again", he said.

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Meanwhile, reigning Open champion Jordan Spieth teed off at 9.58am and birdied two of the opening four holes.

A number of big-hitters have afternoon starts in the first round, including Rory McIlroy, world number one Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods.

Jul 19, 2018; Carnoustie, Angus, SCT; General view during the first round of The Open Championship golf tournament at Carnoustie Golf Links.

"Regardless of what the golf is and how the golf is, it's a lot better place to be".

He grew up close to another major championship which awards its victor a Green Jacket instead of the Claret Jug up for grabs this week but as much as he loves the Masters he would take an Open victory without any complaints.

"He has meant so much to our program", Carlson said on Friday.

"The ball's running 50 to 80 yards on certain shots".

"I'm pretty hopeful I'll never be in as dark a place as I was", he said.

On a ideal summer's morning on Scotland's east coast, he had five birdies, including at the opening two holes, and was on course for a flawless first round until he dropped a shot at the hard 18th. In the wake of his greatest triumph, the spiky Yorkshireman with the famously outspoken brother tried to fulfil the schedule expected of a Major victor only to crumple as a debilitating back injury became so acute that he required painkillers just to get out of bed.

A graduate of the Sunshine Tour in his homeland, Van Rooyen only gained his European card this year and earned an invitation to the Open with victory at the 2017 Hainan Open in China.

"It was playing as easy as it's going to play all week this morning so I knew I was going to have to go out and take advantage of it", former University of Minnesota student Van Rooyen told reporters.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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