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John Daly at The Open. July 2010

John Daly at The Open. July 2010

Stuart Franklin

Rory McIlroy at The Open. July 2010

Rory McIlroy at The Open. July 2010

Andrew Redington

Nick Watney at The Open. July 2010

Nick Watney at The Open. July 2010

David Cannon

Thomas Bjorn at The Open. July 2010

Thomas Bjorn at The Open. July 2010

Harry How

Sean O'Hair at The Open. July 2010

Sean O'Hair at The Open. July 2010

Harry How

Oliver Wilson at The Open. July 2010

Oliver Wilson at The Open. July 2010

David Cannon

Amatuer, Jin Jeong at The Open. July 2010

Amatuer, Jin Jeong at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Hunter Mahan at The Open. July 2010

Hunter Mahan at The Open. July 2010

Harry How

Padraig Harrington at The Open. July 2010

Padraig Harrington at The Open. July 2010

Warren Little

JB Holmes at The Open. July 2010

JB Holmes at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Ryo Ishikawa at The Open. July 2010

Ryo Ishikawa at The Open. July 2010

Warren Little

Jason Day at The Open. July 2010

Jason Day at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Andrew Coltart at The Open. July 2010

Andrew Coltart at The Open. July 2010

Stuart Franklin

Darren Clarke at The Open. July 2010

Darren Clarke at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Tom Watson at The Open. July 2010

Tom Watson at The Open. July 2010

Warren Little

Matt Kuchar at The Open. July 2010

Matt Kuchar at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Tiger Woods at The Open. July 2010

Tiger Woods at The Open. July 2010

David Cannon

Fredrik Andersson Hed at The Open. July 2010

Fredrik Andersson Hed at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Thongchai Jaidee at The Open. July 2010

Thongchai Jaidee at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Kenny Perry at The Open. July 2010

Kenny Perry at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Mike Weir at The Open. July 2010

Mike Weir at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Davis Love III at The Open. July 2010

Davis Love III at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Chris Wood at The Open. July 2010

Chris Wood at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Henrik Stenson at The Open. July 2010

Henrik Stenson at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Ian Poulter and Ernie Els at The Open. July 2010

Ian Poulter and Ernie Els at The Open. July 2010

Andrew Redington

Charl Schwartzel

Charl Schwartzel

Harry How

Tim Clark at The Open. July 2010

Tim Clark at The Open. July 2010

Andrew Redington

Ross Fisher at The Open. July 2010

Ross Fisher at The Open. July 2010

Andrew Redington

Justin Rose at The Open. July 2010

Justin Rose at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Padraig Harrington at The Open. July 2010

Padraig Harrington at The Open. July 2010

Warren Little

Camilo Villegas at The Open. July 2010

Camilo Villegas at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Yuta Ikeda at The Open. July 2010

Yuta Ikeda at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Stewart Cink at The Open. July 2010

Stewart Cink at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Ernie Els at The Open. July 2010

Ernie Els at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Tiger Woods and Justin Rose at The Open. July 2010

Tiger Woods and Justin Rose at The Open. July 2010

Harry How

Robert Rock at The Open. July 2010

Robert Rock at The Open. July 2010

Ross Kinnaird

Loren Roberts at The Open. July 2010

Loren Roberts at The Open. July 2010

Ross Kinnaird

Shunsuke Sonoda at The Open. July 2010

Shunsuke Sonoda at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Trevor Immelman at The Open. July 2010

Trevor Immelman at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano at The Open. July 2010

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Robert Allenby at The Open. July 2010

Robert Allenby at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Ryan Moore at The Open. July 2010

Ryan Moore at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Ross McGowan at The Open. July 2010

Ross McGowan at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

David Duval at The Open. July 2010

David Duval at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Rory McIlroy at The Open. July 2010

Rory McIlroy at The Open. July 2010

Rui Vieira

Lucas Glover at The Open. July 2010

Lucas Glover at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Simon Dyson at The Open. July 2010

Simon Dyson at The Open. July 2010

Ross Kinnaird

Marcel Siem at The Open. July 2010

Marcel Siem at The Open. July 2010

Stuart Franklin

John Senden at The Open. July 2010

John Senden at The Open. July 2010

Ross Kinnaird

Thomas Levet at The Open. July 2010

Thomas Levet at The Open. July 2010

Stuart Franklin

Seung-Yul Noh at The Open. July 2010

Seung-Yul Noh at The Open. July 2010

Stuart Franklin

Alexander Noren at The Open. July 2010

Alexander Noren at The Open. July 2010

Stuart Franklin

Todd Hamilton at The Open. July 2010

Todd Hamilton at The Open. July 2010

Stuart Franklin

Bill Haas at The Open. July 2010

Bill Haas at The Open. July 2010

Stuart Franklin

Sir Nick Faldo at The Open. July 2010

Sir Nick Faldo at The Open. July 2010

Richard Heathcote

Paul Lawrie at The Open. July 2010

Paul Lawrie at The Open. July 2010

Stuart Franklin

Ryulchi Oda at The Open. July 2010

Ryulchi Oda at The Open. July 2010

Rebecca Naden

Mathew Goggin at The Open. July 2010

Mathew Goggin at The Open. July 2010

Rebecca Naden

Soren Kjeldsen at The Open. July 2010

Soren Kjeldsen at The Open. July 2010

Harry How

Jason Dufner at The Open. July 2010

Jason Dufner at The Open. July 2010

Harry How

Steve Marino at The Open. July 2010

Steve Marino at The Open. July 2010

Harry How

Course workers clear water at The Open. July 2010

Course workers clear water at The Open. July 2010

David Cannon

Course workers clear water at The Open. July 2010

Course workers clear water at The Open. July 2010

David Cannon

John Daly at The Open. July 2010

Former champion John Daly today rolled back the years to claim a share of the early clubhouse lead in the 139th Open Championship at St Andrews.



Daly, winner here in 1995 after a play-off with Costantino Rocca, took advantage of a defenceless Old Course to card an opening six-under-par 66, but was left thinking about what might have been.

The flamboyant American - wearing a trademark pair of garish purple and green trousers - was in the sixth group out at 7:36am and raced to the turn in 31 with five birdies.

When the 44-year-old also picked up shots at the 10th and 11th to be seven under with seven to play, the course record of 62 and lowest round ever in a major championship - there have been 23 rounds of 63 - was in his sights.

However, Daly then saw four birdie putts catch the edge of the hole and stay out, while his only bogey of the day came on the 17th when his approach rolled over the green onto the path behind.

"I'm not too disappointed but I hit four putts coming in which I thought I had made. I left some out there," admitted Daly, who had missed the cut in eight of his 12 Open appearances since lifting the Claret Jug 15 years ago.

"This is only the seventh or eighth tournament I've been healthy to play in the last three years and I'm starting to get some confidence back in my game."

Playing partner Andrew Coltart birdied the 18th to match Daly's 66, the Scot playing his first Open since 2002 after coming through qualifying at Sunningdale, but the duo were soon two behind the leader on the course, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy.

A few eyebrows were raised when McIlroy was installed as pre-tournament second favourite behind Tiger Woods, given the fact he had missed the cut in both majors in 2010, but the 21-year-old played seven holes in seven under par from the ninth to reach eight under par.

American Sean O'Hair was six under after going to the turn in 30 as a flat calm, albeit damp, morning meant the course was there for the taking.

Tiger Woods, seeking an unprecedented third Open win at St Andrews, was four under par after 12 holes, playing partner Justin Rose two under and Ernie Els, Ian Poulter and Darren Clarke one under.

At noon, 48 of the 84 players on the course were under par, although two-time champion Padraig Harrington was one of those over par after pitching into the Swilcan Burn on the first to run up a double-bogey six.

Belfast Telegraph