British Open underway with all eyes on Tiger


Doug Ferguson
July 17, 2014 11:15AM (UTC)

HOYLAKE, England (AP) — David Howell hit the first shot of the 143rd British Open on Thursday. He also was the first to hit in the rough, and the first to make a bogey.

But all eyes were soon to turn to Tiger Woods.

Woods won at Royal Liverpool in 2006 when it was brown and crusty from a dry summer. He is playing his first major of the year because of back surgery, on a links course that is playing longer because of a wet spring that produced more lush conditions.

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Thursday and Friday are two of the longest days in golf at The Open. Howell, former champion David Duval and Robert Karlsson teed off at 6:25 a.m. in mild, sunny conditions. The last group plays at 4:06 p.m.


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