The Latest: DeChambeau passes the British Open in deep grass

Bryson DeChambeau spent much of the morning at Royal St. George’s knee deep in the grass

SANDWICH, England – The latest from the British Open (all local times):

12:20

Bryson DeChambeau spent a good part of the morning at Royal St. George’s knee deep in the grass. He did well to keep the damage at 2 on the par over 10 holes.

This is the first time DeChambeau has played links golf since he gained weight and focused on power. It hasn’t worked out for him at the British Open so far, with several tee shots well offline and in deep grass.

It’s a miracle that Jordan Spieth, playing alongside him, didn’t hurt his shoulder constantly pointing left and right to help the marshals find the flight of DeChambeau’s tee shots.

US Open champion Jon Rahm is having problems himself. He hit the face of a pot bunker on his second shot at the ninth par-4 and made a double bogey. He is also 2 years old.

The leaders of the clubhouse are Andy Sullivan, Danny Willett and Justin Harding under 67. On the course, they are Brian Harman and Mackenzie Hughes less than 4 years old.

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11:10 a.m.

Andy Sullivan set himself the early British Open goal with a score of under 67.

Sullivan was part of the English trio that were the first to play Thursday morning at Royal St. George’s, known as the first golf course in England to host the oldest golf championship.

He opened with a birdie. He finished with a birdie. His English playing partners also fared well on a blustery morning off Sandwich Bay. Marcus Armitage opened with a 69. Richard Bland, who had the honor of hitting the opening tee shot, had a 70.

The score was reasonable in the morning. Brian Harman can attest to that. The American southpaw opened with three consecutive birdies and was 4 under six holes.

The other side was defending Shane Lowry, who opened with two bogeys and tried to stabilize.

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10:20 a.m.

Brian Harman started the British Open as if he was planning to stay for the week. The American left-hander opened with three straight birdies on a beautiful, breezy morning at Royal St. George’s.

Harman has missed the cut the last four times he has played the British Open.

Andy Sullivan was under 2 with just three holes left in the first round.

Shane Lowry started his title defense two years ago at the Royal Portrush. He opened with two bogeys. Lowry plays with Jon Rahm, who is trying to become the first player since Tiger Woods to win the British Open and the US Open in the same year.

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8:45 am

Paul Casey has an impressive record in majors this year and he’s making an equally impressive start at the start of the first round of the British Open.

The no. Casey, ranked 21, birdie putt 4 feet on the third hole to add to his birdie on the first and was tied for the lead with compatriots Danny Willett and Andy Sullivan.

Casey tied for seventh at the US Open at Torrey Pines last month and fourth at the PGA Championship in May. He hasn’t won a major tournament.

Nick Faldo was the last English winner of the British Open, at Muirfield in 1992. Since Tony Jacklin in 1969, no English player has won the Open at home.

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7:05 am

Under blue skies and in front of an almost full grandstand on the first tee, Richard Bland hosted the first British Open in two years at Royal St. George’s.

The Englishman lost his footing slightly as he drove into the left rough and laughed as he walked back to his caddy. He hit the green and did par.

Bland was in a first all-English group which included Andy Sullivan and Marcus Armitage. Sullivan birdie.

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