The Open Championship R1

Louis Oosthuizen takes opening lead by one shot

Open Championship 2021 R1
July 15-18
Royal St George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent
$11,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

Open Championship 2021 R1
(Photo by Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

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Louis Oosthuizen got off to a gread start at the 149th Open Championship at Royal St George’s, opening with a bogey-free 64, his lowest round in a Major so far this year, to take a one shot lead at 6-under.


Open Championship 2021 R1

“Yeah, probably in my mind the perfect round I could have played. I didn’t make many mistakes. When I had good opportunities for birdie, I made the putts. So yeah, just a very good solid round.

“I’ve learnt over the years playing Major Championships that patience is the key thing and even if you make bogeys, know that a lot of people are going to make bogeys.”


Open Championship 2021 R1

Oosthuizen, who won at the Old Course in 2010, has come second twice in Major Championships this year, at the U.S. Open in June and the U.S. PGA Championship in May and is currently second in the Race to Dubai Rankings.

“It gives me confidence going into Majors knowing that I’m still competing in them and I’ve still got chances of winning,” he said.

“But yeah, once the week starts, I need to get that out of my mind and just focus on every round and every shot. But it definitely puts me in a better frame of mind going into the week.”


Open Championship 2021 R1

2017 champion Jordan Spieth and Brian Harman are tied for second at 5-under ahead of five players tied at 4-under.

Andy Sullivan, Danny Willett, Jack Senior, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood are among those tied at 3-under.

Rory McIlroy bogeyed four holes and birdied four to sign for a 70 and is T48.

Shane Lowry made five bogeys and shot four birdies for a 71 and is T74.

U.S. PGA champion Phil Mickelson signed for an opening 80, the highest opening round score of his career, after producing nine bogeys and no birdies.

Open Championship 2021 R1

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Official World Golf Ranking

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Louis Oosthuizen
-6
64
T2
Brian Harman
-5
65
T2
Jordan Spieth
-5
65
T4
Stewart Cink
-4
66
T4
Dylan Frittelli
-4
66
T4
Benjamin Hebert
-4
66
T4
Mackenzie Hughes
-4
66
T4
Webb Simpson
-4
66
T9
Byeong Hun An
-3
67
T9
Tommy Fleetwood
-3
67
T9
Justin Harding
-3
67
T9
Collin Morikawa
-3
67
T9
Justin Rose
-3
67
T9
Scottie Scheffler
-3
67
T9
Jack Senior
-3
67
T9
Marcel Siem
-3
67
T9
Andy Sullivan
-3
67
T9
Danny Willett
-3
67
T19
Jaco Ahlers
-2
68
T19
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-2
68
T19
Paul Casey
-2
68
T19
Corey Conners
-2
68
T19
Ryan Fox
-2
68
T19
Sergio Garcia
-2
68
T19
Viktor Hovland
-2
68
T19
Dustin Johnson
-2
68
T19
Chris Kirk
-2
68
T19
Keith Mitchell
-2
68
T19
Francesco Molinari
-2
68
T19
Brandt Snedeker
-2
68
T19
Daniel van Tonder
-2
68
T32
Abraham Ancer
-1
69
T32
Marcus Armitage
-1
69
T32
Joel Dahmen
-1
69
T32
Rickie Fowler
-1
69
T32
Talor Gooch
-1
69
T32
Lanto Griffin
-1
69
T32
Marcus Kinhult
-1
69
T32
Brooks Koepka
-1
69
T32
Yuxin Lin (a)
-1
69
T32
Guido Migliozzi
-1
69
T32
Joaquin Niemann
-1
69
T32
Xander Schauffele
-1
69
T32
Cameron Smith
-1
69
T32
Cameron Tringale
-1
69
T32
Will Zalatoris
-1
69
T32
Erik van Rooyen
-1
69
T48
Daniel Berger
E
70
T48
Richard Bland
E
70
T48
Dean Burmester
E
70
T48
Rafa Cabrera Bello
E
70
T48
Tony Finau
E
70
T48
Emiliano Grillo
E
70
T48
Russell Henley
E
70
T48
Lucas Herbert
E
70
T48
Max Homa
E
70
T48
Billy Horschel
E
70
T48
Sam Horsfield
E
70
T48
Jazz Janewattananond
E
70
T48
Takumi Kanaya
E
70
T48
Chan Kim
E
70
T48
Kevin Kisner
E
70
T48
Jason Kokrak
E
70
T48
Rory McIlroy
E
70
T48
Ryutaro Nagano
E
70
T48
Victor Perez
E
70
T48
Aaron Rai
E
70
T48
Antoine Rozner
E
70
T48
Kevin Streelman
E
70
T48
Harold Varner III
E
70
T48
Johannes Veerman
E
70
T48
Jimmy Walker
E
70
T48
Matt Wallace
E
70
T74
Keegan Bradley
+1
71
T74
Sam Burns
+1
71
T74
Darren Clarke
+1
71
T74
Bryson DeChambeau
+1
71
T74
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
+1
71
T74
Matt Fitzpatrick
+1
71
T74
Brad Kennedy
+1
71
T74
Kurt Kitayama
+1
71
T74
Shane Lowry
+1
71
T74
C.T. Pan
+1
71
T74
Jon Rahm
+1
71
T74
JC Ritchie
+1
71
T74
Matthias Schwab
+1
71
T74
Henrik Stenson
+1
71
T74
Jonathan Thomson
+1
71
T74
Lee Westwood
+1
71
T74
Bernd Wiesberger
+1
71
T91
Christoffer Bring (a)
+2
72
T91
Jorge Campillo
+2
72
T91
Ricardo Celia
+2
72
T91
Thomas Detry
+2
72
T91
Ernie Els
+2
72
T91
Branden Grace
+2
72
T91
Padraig Harrington
+2
72
T91
Tyrrell Hatton
+2
72
T91
Daniel Hillier
+2
72
T91
Charley Hoffman
+2
72
T91
Matt Jones
+2
72
T91
Rikard Karlberg
+2
72
T91
Ryosuke Kinoshita
+2
72
T91
Adam Long
+2
72
T91
Robert MacIntyre
+2
72
T91
Richard Mansell
+2
72
T91
Shaun Norris
+2
72
T91
Ryan Palmer
+2
72
T91
Ian Poulter
+2
72
T91
Chez Reavie
+2
72
T91
Patrick Reed
+2
72
T91
Justin Thomas
+2
72
T91
Brendon Todd
+2
72
T91
Paul Waring
+2
72
T115
Sam Forgan
+3
73
T115
Abel Gallegos (a)
+3
73
T115
Garrick Higgo
+3
73
T115
Joe Long (a)
+3
73
T115
Troy Merritt
+3
73
T115
Sebastián Muñoz
+3
73
T115
Poom Saksansin
+3
73
T115
Marcel Schneider
+3
73
T115
Adam Scott
+3
73
T115
Jason Scrivener
+3
73
T115
Brendan Steele
+3
73
T115
Gary Woodland
+3
73
T127
Patrick Cantlay
+4
74
T127
Rikuya Hoshino
+4
74
T127
Martin Kaymer
+4
74
T127
Matt Kuchar
+4
74
T127
Romain Langasque
+4
74
T127
Min Woo Lee
+4
74
T127
Alex Noren
+4
74
T127
Aaron Pike
+4
74
T127
Matthias Schmid (a)
+4
74
T127
Laird Shepherd (a)
+4
74
T137
Sam Bairstow (a)
+5
75
T137
John Catlin
+5
75
T137
Jason Day
+5
75
T137
Harris English
+5
75
T137
Lucas Glover
+5
75
T137
Adam Hadwin
+5
75
T137
Cole Hammer (a)
+5
75
T137
Yuki Inamori
+5
75
T137
Richard T. Lee
+5
75
T137
Marc Leishman
+5
75
T137
Haotong Li
+5
75
T137
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
+5
75
T137
Carlos Ortiz
+5
75
T137
Nicholas Poppleton
+5
75
T151
Daniel Croft
+6
76
T151
Joost Luiten
+6
76
T153
Ben Hutchinson
+7
77
T153
Connor Worsdall
+7
77
T155
Deyen Lawson
+10
80
T155
Phil Mickelson
+10
80