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Summary

  1. First-round leader: -7 Dustin Johnson (US)
  2. -6 Willett (Eng), Z Johnson (US), Lawrie (Sco), Streb (US), Goosen (SA), Day (Aus)
  3. -5 Spieth (US), -1 Rose (Eng), Level Fowler (US)
  4. +4 T Watson (US), Woods (US), +11 Faldo (Eng)

Live Reporting

By Andy Cryer and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

We are back from 06:45 BST

And that will do us for day one of The Open. A handful of players are still hacking it up but none will threaten the lead.

What a mammoth day. We had Spieth's early charge, the latest offering on Tiger's demise, Dustin firing rockets down the fairway and ultimately, the day belongs to the latter.

Dustin Johnson, it's on you tomorrow, just as it was at Chambers Bay in June. No pressure.

Dustin Johnson
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Join us on our live text from 06:45 BST on Friday and keep abreast of the late runners on the leaderboard. Over and out.  

Double bogey

Chesters -1

Bogey, bogey, double bogey for Ashley Chesters to finish. The 18th has not been playing too harshly so it's a surprise he gave two back and he ends one under.

A profitable day for some...

We know it could be a different day tomorrow with the weather. The only people who will be happy if it rains will be the umbrella salesmen.

Peter AllissBBC Sport commentator

Bright outlook for afternoon starters

weather map
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And here is the situation in the afternoon.

Those who could benefit include:

14:34 Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth 

14:45 Paul Lawrie  

14:56 Tiger Woods,  Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen

Weather worries for morning starters

weather map
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This is the weather facing the morning starters tomorrow, St Andrews is just visible beneath all that rain.

Below are some of the players affected and their tee-times (All BST)

08:00 Zach Johnson 

08:11 Danny Willett

09:33 Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson , Henrik Stenson 

09:44 Justin Rose, Sir Nick Faldo, Rickie Fowler.

Bring an umbrella. The afternoon lookahead next...

Player reaction

Hearn +2

Well, wasn't the finish I was looking for. The left wind coming in was tricky to say the least. Have to grind one out tomorrow. #TheOpen

Canadian Hearn has been in good form lately and with a 15:40 tee off time on Friday, could get some luck with the weather. The morning looks grim, check out or next entry...

Spieth - an alien

Spieth tees off at 14:34 on Friday

I think Jordan Spieth is from another planet. He's from another world the way he's played today. He's been 21 longer than my aunt has been 49. Fame doesn't appear to have changed him. His head is of a 40-year-old and the rest of him is 21 perhaps.

Peter AllissBBC Sport commentator
Jordan Spieth
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Impressive amateurs

Amateurs aren't amateurs as we used to know them! You rarely get middle-aged gentleman now - it's all youngsters, brimming with energy and desperate for glory

Ken BrownBBC Sport commentator

Bogey

Chesters -3

Hold it together Ashley, hold it together. Ashley Chesters gives away consecutive bogeys and is back to three under with one to play. He couldn't escape the 17th and will now certainly be behind Jordan Niebrugge (-5) in the race for the amateur's silver medal.

Ouch!

Faldo ends +11

This is the look of a man who has just shot an 83. 

Nick Faldo
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Bogey

Rose -1, Fowler level, Faldo +11

While Rickie Fowler taps in for par, Justin Rose is off script and dribbles a par putt past. He will drop to one under for the day. 

Nick Faldo can only dream of such a score. Cover your eyes, his par maintains +11 for day one. Yikes.

Fowler on 18

Fowler currently level par

Rickie Fowler
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Rickie Fowler, in his all blue tracksuit (looks as bad as sounds), hits a wedge into the 18th at level par.

They all go over the flag here and hope to spin it back. He gets the first bit right but the spin is lacking, few have got a tonne of spin on the ball today.

Fowler will have 20 feet or more for a birdie and an under-par round.

Player reaction

Lawrie (-6, 66)

Nice little 66-6 this morning was ideal for scoring but took advantage which was cool , long way to go though

Lawrie will have the best of conditions as he is out early tomorrow. That is if you believe the weather forecasters. Can he win it again?

Leaderboard

Leaderboard
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Selected others:  -5 A Chesters (Eng) -4 G Owen (Eng) L Donald (Eng) D Howell (Eng) M Warren (Sco) -3 T Fleetwood (Eng) -2 J Rose (Eng) S Garcia (Spa) P Mickelson (US) -1 L Westwood (Eng) +4 T Woods (US)    

Birdie

Mickelson ends -2, Stenson +1

Phil Mickelson
BBC Sport

In she pops Lefty. Phil Mickelson takes his hat off and looks windswept but birdie on 18 will make him feel a whole lot better as he reaches two under. What a battle.

Henrik Stenson alongside him pushes his putt a little and looks frustrated. It's par and one over for the day.

Day one review

Now on BBC Two

Review of Day 1 at @TheOpen on the way on @BBCTwo in a mo. Good fun all round
Review of Day 1 at @TheOpen on the way on @BBCTwo in a mo. Good fun all round

Review of Day 1 at @TheOpen on the way on @BBCTwo in a mo. Good fun all round

Woods (+4, 76)

For those of you who are joining us late... It was ugly.

Tiger Woods
BBC

Frenetic finale

Action, action everywhere, Justin Rose fizzes one at the 17th flag with a wedge... holes it... no. So close. A tap in par converted.

Phil Mickelson, wedge in hand, can he get a stroke back on 18? Here it comes, back spin, yummy. Very makeable birdie attempt from 18.

Ashley Chesters, the amateur, for par on 16, no. Lips out. Back to four under. Still a dreamy round but what odds he makes it through 17 unscathed?

The toughest hole on Tour

The PGA Tour's Bill Cooney produces a statistic to underline why the 17th hole is dashing the hopes of many today...

Road Hole #17 has been toughest hole of season on @pgatour each of 4 previous times St. Andrews has held #TheOpen since 1995. ...

How bad do you dress?

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These spectators have come out in full support of the bad trouser wearing day at The Open.

What is your golf wardrobe like? Tweet #bbcgolf.

Spectators wearing brightly coloured trousers at The Open
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Bogey

English beauty, Mickelon's waste

Harris English's ball on green
BBC

Beautiful from AmericanHarris Englishon 16. He lashes one firm and low at the target and from a long way out will have a dolly tap in for a birdie and three under.

Now, canPhil Mickelsonbuild on his own stunner of an approach on 17? Oh Phil. Bogey, back to one under. His putt is pushed and slides on left of the hole.

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Mr Law:  Congratulations to Bronte Law who has just defended the English Women's Championshps at Hunstanton Golf Club with a score of -13 which was sixteen shots better than second place. Bronte also shot a course record 63 on Tuesday. Well done Bronte! Dad.

Mickelson dead-eye on 17

Phil Mickelson decides the 17th is worthy of laying up, big pressure on his third shot then if he is to make par. It's a wedge over the bunker and is it good? Is it good? Yes it is. Falls from the sky to leave six feet for par.

Paul Casey and Branden Grace tick along, pars on 16 leave them two under and four under respectively.

17 - Road Hole

No birdies, 43 pars, 69 bogeys and 15 double bogeys or worse.

125 players that have played the 17th hole so far. 26 have hit the green. #RoadTrip

125 players that have played the 17th hole so far. 26 have hit the green. #RoadTrip

No one likes 17

Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Justin Rose are all about to play the 17th and it is an experience which may need the odd prayer.

English Womens Amateur Championship

Bronte Law, 20, has won the English Womens Amateur Championship by 16 shots.

Law, who plays at Bramhall Golf Club in Stockport, finished on -13.

Her nearest rival Rochelle Morris was three-over.

Player reaction

Larrazabal +4

My lower back didnt resist today... Played with a lot of pain but i never gived up... Treatment and will see how i feel tomorrow...

Birdie

Scott -2, Kaymer -1

She is an absolute ripper for Adam Scott. He looks like he has put too much beef on his putt at 18 but it rattles into the cup and a score of two under is respectable. How did that not jump the hole?

Can Martin Kaymer hole a big one to end the day under par. All in blue, he lines it up from left to right and bang, get underground ball.

Martin Kaymer
BBC

Almost good for Rose

Rose -3

Justin Rose is off the 16th green but it's makeable for par. Here it comes, pace on it, good line, very good line, ouch. That is agonisingly wide of the cup and he taps in for his second bogey of the day.

Player reaction

Fleetwood (-3, 69)

That was hard work 💨💨💨💨💨💨

Great use of the wind emoji by Tommy.

Faldo's nightmare

Nick Faldo is into double figures over par but dribbles a good birdie putt from range which affords a tap in on 16. The 57-year-old said he wanted to make the cut before he started his round. Not looking likely.

Sir Nick Faldo
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Birdie

Casey -2

It looks straight forward on 15 for Paul Casey, it is. Four feet, no doubt, two under. Casey has gone somewhat under the radar but if he can card a 70 it would be solid stuff.

Paul Casey
BBC

Scott makes par on 17

A golden par on the 17th, he remains under par."

Andrew CotterBBC Sport commentator at St Andrews

The 17th is currently averaging nearly one stroke above its par.

A good save

Mickelson -2, Gallacher +1

Scotland's Stephen Gallacher has felt the force of the back nine at full throttle. Three bogeys and no birdies have splattered his card and he is back to one over with a hole left.

Can Phil Mickelson save par on 16, it's not a nice putt but well holed. He even does a fist pump. Steady.

phil Mickelson
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'It's suddenly pretty cold'

It's suddenly pretty cold out there and the wind is up enough that it's starting to make putting tricky. The giant scoreboards in the media tent tells the story - a mass of red on the left-hand side for the late starters, representing birdies on the outward nine, and a mass of blue on the right-hand side, representing bogeys - or worse.

Ben DirsBBC Sport reporter at St Andrews

Wind bites two big guns

Justin Rose is in for his par on 15, still has work to do to maintain his position here. Both Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson go with almighty smashes on 16 but the wind is having none of it."Get back ball, get away from that flag," cry the elements.

The pair are on the fringe and will do well to make par.

Leaderboard

Leaderboard
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Selected others: -5 A Chesters (Eng) -4 G Owen (Eng) L Donald (Eng) D Howell (Eng) M Warren (Sco) -3 J Rose (Eng) T Fleetwood (Eng) -2 S Garcia (Spa) -1 L Westwood (Eng) +4 T Woods (US)  

What a shot!

Justin Rose - currently -3

Justin Rose
BBC Sport

Justin Rose is stood in sand on 15, this is nasty, he has around 50 yards to the pin. With a swish he takes some sand effortlessly and this ball is good, this ball is very good. It takes the slope and that leaves five or six feet for par.

D Willett (-6, 66)

Great round of golf @Danny_Willett keep it up. 👍🏻

It looks like Danny boy has a former England captain on his side. Has Shearer had a wager?

Where there's a Willett, there's a way

Danny Willett in the clubhouse on -6

Englishman Danny Willett, who is in the club house on six-under, speaking to BBC Two:  "It's been a good day. It was a bit tricky in the afternoon, but I got a couple of sneaky flags. The back nine was really tricky so to come out with 33 there I was pleased. I played some really solid golf and I gave myself chances to make birdies and I got a lot of pars. I'm not worrying about the weather forecast for tomorrow. You could wake up and it's blown through and flat calm, or it could be really blowing. You just have to take it as it comes."