Lyle gets The 147th Open underway
With one easy swing, Sandy Lyle fired an iron down the middle of the first fairway at Carnoustie and got The 147th Open underway.
Playing alongside two-time major winner Martin Kaymer and Englishman Andy Sullivan, Lyle teed off at 6.35am – opting for an iron from the tee of the 396-yard first hole and safely making par.
The Scot became Champion Golfer in 1985, when he triumphed by one stroke from American Payne Stewart at Royal St George’s, and after turning 60 in February his exemption is in his final year – meaning this could be his final Open.
We talked to Lyle earlier this week, where he spoke about trying to make the cut and having a strong week on the Angus links, which you can read about here.
It’s the veteran’s 43rd Open, and 42nd in succession, and although it could be his last, he made a positive start while also looking sharp, bedecked top to toe in The Open Tartan Collection clothing.
The world’s best golfers will be following Lyle and teeing it up at Carnoustie throughout the morning and afternoon as their quest for the Claret Jug begins.
Phil Mickelson – 2013 Champion Golfer of the Year – gets underway at 8.03am, reigning Champion Jordan Spieth tees off at 9.58am alongside Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose with an enticing group containing world No.5 Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler just behind them at 10.09am.
Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy gets underway at 12.53am as he looks to take the Claret Jug into his home Open at Royal Portrush next year, world No.1 Dustin Johnson is at 1.04pm and world No.2 Justin Thomas goes out at 1.26pm.
Winner the last time The Open came to Carnoustie in 2007, Padraig Harrington, is off at 2.48pm, while 14-time major champion and three-time Champion Golfer Tiger Woods will have the galleries following him in their droves from 3.21pm.
Lyle will wear the Tartan Collection Open merchandise. The official tartan check of The Open has been recorded in The Scottish Tartans World Register as a unique design, and the property of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club. In exceptional circumstances the Carnoustie wordmark can be applied to apparel but only after approval is given by The R&A.
The inspiration for the colour palette comes from the unique aspects of a links golf course. This unique and distinctive tartan check is recognised the world over as a key element in the identity of The Open.
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