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Open Championship: Day One    Share

16 July 2010

The Open Championship (British Open) started Thursday with unusually wet and calm weather.  This allowed the players to spit in the face of the oldest golf course in the world- St. Andrews.  Rory McIlroy, the 21 year old Irishman, surprisingly leads the field after the first round with a record tying 63, but the story line from Thursday is John Daly.  You might think with his uber-loud pants and propensity to have a good time laced with boobs, hooters, and booze that he stole a golf cart, got drunk in the morning and took a piss on the tee box.  As awesome as that would be, Big Bad John turned in a solid 66 in the first round and could have gone lower, but he barely missed a few putts that would have allowed him to be closer to the leader.

Tiger Woods also fired a 6 under par 66 to put him in contention and may have found his mojo (or a porn star that will keep her mouth shut).  Either way, armed with his new putter, Tiger will be another one to keep an eye on this weekend.

Phil Mickelson continued to struggle as he always does in the Open Championship shooting a 1 over par 73 and now is in danger of missing the cut given the vanilla playing conditions of the course.

While the Open Championship is the oldest golf major, its biggest problem is 5-8 hour time difference between Scotland and the United States.  No one who still has his marbles is going to get up at 4 AM to watch this thing.  So do yourself a favor and watch the highlights and on Sunday catch the final few holes.  Otherwise, a DVR and the internet are your best friends for this tournament.

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Terminology:

Ace:  Another word for a hole in one (the golfer is able to put the ball in the cup in one shot).

Approach:  A shot that occurs for a golfer after a tee shot and before a chip or put.  Essentially, it is a long to middle distance shot to get the ball within striking distance of the green where the cup is.

Chip:  A shot used to hit the ball a short distance so the golfer can transition from swinging clubs to using a putter to roll the ball into the hole.

Dogleg:  A hole that significantly curves between the tee box and the hole.  The name comes from the shape of the hole which resembles a dog leg.

Drive:  A shot used to hit the ball a long distance from the tee box.

Handicap:  The average score an amateur golfer gets over 18 holes.  For instance, a 6 handicap would usually shoot a 78 on a course that was a par 72.

Links:  Another word for a golf course.  Origins were early courses that were by the seaside, thus holes linked land and sandy soil.

Par:  The number of shots that it should take a skilled golfer to complete each hole, and in turn the entire course.
PGA:  Professional Golfers Association—the league that contains the world’s best golfers. St Andrews is a par 72 course.

Pitch:  See Chip above.

USGA:  United States Golf Association, the body that sets the rules for professional and amateur golf.

Majors: US Open, the Masters, PGA Championship, British Open.