The opening round of the 147 The Open saw Kevin Kisner taking the top spot at Carnoustie Golf Links with a score of 5-under 66.
Kisner now leads by a shot over the troika of Erik Van Rooyen, Tony Finau, and Zander Lombard.
The defending champion Jordan Spieth stood at 1-over 72 with three birdies, two bogeys, and a double-bogey in his otherwise good round for a T-62 with Austin Cook, Justin Rose, Satoshi Kodaira, Nicolai Hojgaard (A), Stewart Cink, Louis Oosthuizen, Alexander Bjork, Haraldur Magnus, Gavin Green, Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood and Jimmy Walker.
Till the time of this news, Shubhankar Sharma, playing his third major of the year stood 1-over 72 with nine more holes to play.
Tiger Woods stands T-8 with 2-under after 9 holes, Rory McIlroy, Matthew Southgate, Danny Willett, Sung Kang, Pat Perez, Jon Rahm, Russell Henley, Justin Thomas and Chez Reavie too stand T-8 after finishing their opening rounds for 2-under-69.
Kevin Kisner has come closest to a win in 2018 last at Dell Match Play, where he lost against Bubba Watson.
Their dual lasted for good 12 holes, Watson was 6 Up after 7, it was not a matter of “if” but “when”. Watson took a 5-Up by the fifth hole with back to back wins. The only hole won by Kisner was par-3 11th, which just reduced Watson to 6-UP before his win with a birdie on the par-5 12th.
Kisner recently shared another flight with Jordan Spieth, this time to Paris to check out this year’s Ryder Cup venue. The Claret Jug was again in tow. And here in Carnoustie, Kisner is sharing a house – more like a compound – with Spieth, as well as five other players.
“He gave it back on Monday,” Kisner said. “It would be cool to return the favor and let him look at it a little bit.”
Kisner took his first step towards doing just that, shooting a 5-under 66 that boosted him to the top of the leaderboard. Meanwhile, Spieth fell apart late in his round, suffering a double bogey and two bogeys in his final four holes to finish with a 72.
“It’s not intimidating at all,” said Kisner, making his fourth Open start this week. “They’re all great people. That’s the best part about it. I mean, we’re out there playing soccer at night and just hanging out. Everybody is just really chill, and it’s a lot of fun to be around those guys. … It’s really cool just to hear what they have to say. Everybody’s sitting around at night scratching their head on what club to hit off of every tee.”