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Thomas keen to downplay his bid to dress for success at Open

By Staff Reporter

Justin Thomas insisted he was not intending to make a fashion statement by playing his opening round at The Open in a tie. The American caught the eye by donning neckwear and a cardigan, but the extra attention did not affect his game.

The 24-year-old World No.13 shot a three-under-par 67 after finishing strongly with a birdie at the 15th and an eagle on the par-five 17th.

Thomas said: "I knew it was probably going to get a lot of publicity but I didn't come here to dress well, I came here to try to play some good golf.

"This is a golf shirt, so it's not like it's uncomfortable. It's not tight. It's not something I know I even have on comfort-wise. It's just something I wanted to do."

Thomas has no intention of repeating his clothing choices again this week.

His focus is on the tournament and he believes he is well placed.

Thomas, playing just his second Open, said: "It was steady. I stayed on the fairways, hit some good putts.

"There were some shots that could have gone better but I did get a couple of fortunate breaks.

"I'm pleased with how little stress it was for how hard it was."

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