So that's Day 1 over with. An odd day of golf, with the weather constantly threatening to spoilt everything. It started well for the Swede (is this the right word?) Henrik Stenson, who was leading for the majority of the day, before hitting eight on the last hole. What could have been an excellent round, topped off by everyone else being delayed by rain as he sat in the clubhouse drinking Koppaberg's was ruined by a quad bogey on the last hole. On his 36th birthday.
Step forward, Lee Westwood, who hit 16 of the 18 greens and on any other course would be considerably under par, he currently leads the field at 5 under. While he has played well, a couple of missed putts cost him a bigger lead, but of all the players in the clubhouse he must be the happiest.
The pundits (American's) favourite Big Phil Mickelson had a fairly bad day on the course, despite ending on a birdie, topping his round at a casual two over par. A vast improvement is needed if he wants to live up to the pressure on him to beat the Unholy British Trinity of Donald, Westwood and McIlroy, and claim Golf back for it's rightful owners, The United States Of America.
Tiger Woods had a similarly bad day at the office, his driving on the first two holes being, excuse the pun, somewhat sub par. He can be happy that his putting was on form and ended the day on evens. McIlroy has been similarly frustrating, double bogeying the first hole, but impressive on the final five holes means he goes into day 2 one under par.
World number one Luke Donald finished the day 3 over par, but this score must seem a relief after facing disqualification over an administrative error on the filling in of his scorecard. In second place on the table lies the brilliantly named Oosthuzien, who felt the pressure on Amen's Corner (holes 11, 12 and 13) scoring two bogeys and one birdie but made up for it by closing the round with a par and three birdies.
Graeme MacDowell had a disappointing day, finishing at three over, whereas German Martin Kaymer had a fairly solid day finishing on evens. Last years winner, South African Charlie Schwartzl was consistent, again scoring evens, but was somewhat anonymous throughout the day, despite beating Ian Poulter to the award for loudest dressed, a lime green polo.
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