South Africa's golden summer of golf continues at Carnoustie

Danny Willett has returned to form after a brief slump

Late starter Tiger Woods, who shot even-par 71, was among those who had to deal with a breeze that finally freshened long after most players were safely tucking into their evening fish and chips.

The Englishman again showed his troubles may be a thing of the past when he reeled off five birdies in an opening two-under 69 in the first round of the British Open on Thursday.

Among a large group a short further back included 60-year-old Sandy Lyle, who had the honour of hitting the first tee shot at 6.35am in his final Open, who was one under at the turn.

Kisner finished his round with a superb back nine after finishing in 54th place at last year's Open. "Just being able to live out his dream, we can't be more thrilled for him".

"You don't win it on Thursday, but my ball striking gave me confidence today, and I hope I can take that form into the next two days", said Lombard.

"But this is a unusual, odd game".

'It's definitely nice to be stood here after shooting a relatively stress-free 69, ' said Willett.

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"That was good. There were a lot of 12, 15 footers as well that just slid by the hole", said Willett.

The South African has carded his fifth birdie of the day on the 15th hole to climb to 5 under par. We're just trying to do the best with what we have and what we can do, and we'll see where it takes us.

He had been at the very top until making bogeys on the last two holes.

Kevin Kisner looks over his putting line on the 18th green during the first round of The Open Championship golf tournament at Carnoustie Golf Links. Matthew Southgate's round featured two eagles, two birdies and four bogeys.

England's Andy Sullivan started well with two birdies in his first four holes but, after failing to capitalise on the first of only two par fives on the course after driving into a bunker at the sixth, he carved his tee shot into the rough at the next and could not get up and down from the back of the green.

However, he began a nightmare run at the ninth with a bogey that was quickly followed by a double bogey at 10 and another dropped shot at 11.

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