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Summary

  1. -8 Mickelson
  2. -5 Reed, Kaymer -4 Thomas, Stricker, Horschel, Finau, Z Johnson
  3. -3 Rose, Garcia -2 McIlroy, Fowler E D Johnson
  4. E Spieth, Willett, +2 Day
  5. Louis Oosthuizen hole-in-one on 14th
  6. BBC Two highlights at 20:00

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By Luke Reddy, Alex Bysouth and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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With none of the players still out on the course currently threatening the top of the leaderboard, now is the perfect time to sit back and watch the highlights from a great day of golf on BBC Two right now.

Press the play button at the top of this page and enjoy.

We will end the live text for today there, so thank you for all your great pictures and comments. We will be back nice and early at about 6.15 BST on Friday morning for day two of the Open Championship. Bye for now.

Eagle for Jimenez on the 16th

Jimenez E (18)

We mentioned Miguel Angel Jimenez's moment of brilliance on the 16th during his level par round at Royal Troon.

And now, you can watch his eagle with this video below.

Miguel Angel Jimenez hits eagle on the 16th

Garcia content with 'decent score'

Garcia -3 (18)

Will this be the time Sergio Garcia wins his first major? He will start round two tomorrow inside the top 20 after a score of three under, but he does not sound too thrilled with his performance.

"I've been looking forward to it a lot and every knows that after the Ryder Cup this is my favourite event," Garcia tells Sky Sports.

"My swing didn't feel very good, but I'm very happy with the end result. I struggled in the first couple of days of practice and started well and hit a few good shots, but was then fighting with it. I managed to put together a decent score."

Great day for Ikeda

Ikeda -3 (68)

World number 93 Yuka Ikeda is also done for Thursday, and he so nearly finished in style, but saw a 30 foot putt for birdie just miss.

Nevertheless, it has been a great day for the Japanese player, who will be delighted with a three-under-par round of 68. He has never finished inside the top 20 of a major, but is tied 12th at the moment. Good effort.

Jimenez goes dancing

Jimenez E (18)

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez carded a 71 but it was the 52-year-old's eagle on the par five 16th that stood out.

After chipping in, he did a shuffle and then dofted his cap. He may be 52, but he still has got some great moves.

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In awe of Claret Jug - Zach Johnson

Z Johnson -4 (18)

Some quotes from the 2015 champion Zach Johnson, who carded a round of four under, despite ending with bogeys at both the 17th and 18th.

"It's not exactly how I wanted it to end today, but I played very solidly," Johnson tells Sky Sports. "At the end I played two errant shots on the 17th and 18th and I didn't make the putts, but I did make a lot of putts earlier on.

"The best thing (about being Open champion) is having the Claret Jug. That thing is fantastic and I was in awe of it. It's a very special piece of silverware - one that family, friends and strangers all embraced.

"I would love to have that opportunity again and I'm excited for what lies ahead."

Bradley and Garcia done for the day

Bradley -4, Garcia -3 (18)

The crowd shout 'go, go' as Sergio Garcia's long-range attempt for a birdie on the 18th is on its way. But the fans are left disappointed as it comes up short.

Nevertheless, he is still well placed with a three under round of 68. Keegan Bradley is also done, a four under round for him, with the only blemish being a bogey on the 13th.

'I thought it was going to be a 62'

Gerald Scott

BBC Sport at Royal Troon

Phil Mickelson’s playing partner Lee Westwood is well used to playing a supporting role this year, having partnered both the Masters and US Open winners on the final day.

And he almost witnessed history being made when Mickelson’s putt agonisingly lipped out on 18.

“We were all shocked,” said Westwood, who shot level par. “I thought that was going to be the first 62 we’ve ever seen at a major. He played well though and made a lot of other putts.”

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Even stevens for Westwood

Westwood E (18)

Gerald Scott

BBC Sport at Royal Troon

English golf's nearly man Lee Westwood made a late comeback at Royal Troon to card a level-par 71, having been three-over par after 11.

"I didn’t swing it well,” he told BBC Sport. “But I made a nice par at 11, birdied 12, then chipped in at 16 from 40 yards to get back to level par and rescue the round. That’s all right. Now I’ve just got to hang in there.”

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BBC Two

You can watch full highlights from day one at The Open at 20:00 BST on BBC Two with Hazel Irvine, Peter Alliss and Ken Brown among others.

And there are plenty of moments to enjoy from Phil Mickelson's record equaling round to Louis Oosthuizen's hole-in-one.  

Best round one score at Troon

Mickelson -8 (18)

Phil Mickelson was one missed putt away from setting a new record for the best ever round at a major.

However, he still has one record, although that might not be too much comfort for the American at the moment.

Mickelson’s 63 breaks record for lowest R1 score at Troon of 66 by Wayne Stephens (1989), Paul Casey (2004) and Thomas Levet (2004).

Knox delights the home fans

Knox +1 (18)

A day of ups and downs for Scotland's Russell Knox. This though, was definitely the highlight for him.

Watch the video below to see him make an eagle at the par-five 16th, much to the delight of the home fans.

Knox climbs leaderboard with eagle

Bogey for Garcia

Bradley -4, Garcia -3 (17)

Sergio Garcia has been the runner-up of the Open on two occasions and his fans will not be too happy to hear that he has followed up his birdie on the 16th, with a bogey on the 17th.

He now falls behind playing partner Keegan Bradley after the American made par at the same hole.

Eight of the top 11 are American, which is a worrying statistic for any European fan with the Ryder Cup only a few months away.

'I feel like I got lapped'

Sullivan -4 (18)

Gerald Scott

BBC Sport at Royal Troon

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Englishman Andy Sullivan rolled in a birdie putt on 18 to sign for a four-under 67 and go a shot clear of Justin Rose as the day’s leading Englishman.

But it was only when he looked up at the Royal Troon leaderboard on 18 that he realised just how well the man in the group in front of him, Phil Mickelson, had been doing.

“I didn’t realise until I got in that he’d gone to eight under,” Sullivan told BBC Sport. “I feel like I’ve got lapped.”

“But I’m just happy to be up there trying to take the claret jug out of American hands for a change. It was the sort of benign conditions that they’re used to though. We need a few more days of normal Scottish weather.”

Leaderboard

-8 Mickelson (18)

-5 Reed (18), Kaymer (18)

-4 Thomas (18), Stricker (18), Horschel (18), Finau (18), Kjeldsen (18), Sullivan (18), Johnson (18), Garcia (16), Bradley (16)

-3 Rose (18)

Full leaderboard here.

Birdies for Garcia and Bradley

Garcia -4, Bradley -4 (16)

We've still got some big names out on the course, including Sergio Garcia who is currently celebrating after a birdie on the 16th. That is his sixth of the day and his third in five holes.

That leaves him on four under, while playing partner Keegan Bradley has also recorded back-to-back birdies and is on the same score overall.

Zach Johnson in Open contention again

Z Johnson -4, Stenson -3, Scott -2 (18)

Thanks Alex.

What a day of golf it has been so far, but we're not done yet.

Last year's champion Zach Johnson has just finished for the day, but his round ends in disappointing fashion as bogeys on both of the last two holes leaves him on four under, four strokes behind Phil Mickelson.

Adam Scott, fresh from birdies at the 16th and 17th, ends on two under, with Henrik Stenson, the third man of a top quality three-ball finishing on three under.

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Well, after a hectic finale for big Phil Mickelson it's time for me to hand over to my colleague Michael Emons, who will guide you through the rest of today's play.

Here's hoping that Royal Troon sunshine sticks around for tomorrow...

Great day's work for Kaymer

Kaymer -5, D Johnson E, Knox +1 (18)

Martin Kaymer has not finished in the top 10 of a major since winning the US Open in 2014 but he can reflect on a great day's work with a five-under-par round of 66, which did not include any bogeys.

His long-range birdie attempt on the 18th is narrowly short, meaning he is currently tied second, three shots behind Phil Mickelson.

Dustin Johnson will not be as happy with his round that saw no birdies in the back nine. He is level par, one ahead of the third man in that three-ball Russell Knox.

An eventful few hours for the Scot, including an eagle on the 16th, three birdies, two bogeys and two double bogeys.

Jimenez eagles 16th

Jimenez +1 (16)

It's not been a great round for Miguel Angel Jimenez, but the flamboyant Spaniard enjoys a little taste of glory as he eagles the 16th.

The 43-year-old pitched up just before the hole with his ball dancing around the pin before finding its way in to move him to one over par.

Garcia with a stunning shot on the 9th

Sergio Garcia hits a lovely iron shot as he reaches the turn at Royal Troon.

Sergio Garcia 9th

Westwood hits a lovely eagle on the 16th

Watch Lee Westwood chip in from the edge of the 16th green to take him back to even par.

Westwood holes chip for eagle at 16th

'I want to shed a tear'

Mickelson -8 (18)

Phil Mickelson spoke to Radio 5 live after his record equaling round.

"It was a fun round, I was able to take advantage of one of the most beautiful days here, the sun was out and the wind died down and I was able to play one of the greatest links courses in Troon.

"Yet I still walk away wanting to shed a tear with that putt missing and lipping out.I had a chance to do something historical. With a foot to go I thought it was in, I am not sure how it missed. The heartbreak of that is overshadowing my round right now.

"That putt was right there with less than a foot, I am not sure how it did not go in.

"I am delighted with the way I have played. I have been working hard this year to get my swing on plane and today was the day when I did not have a lot of stress and was able to control the golf ball throughout the round."

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One more birdie chance for Kaymer

Kaymer -5, D Johnson E, Knox +1 (17)

Martin Kaymer, from the middle of the fairway after his tee shot, opts for a six iron, to leave him a 40-foot attempt for a birdie on the 18th that would leave him on six under at the end of day one.

Sullivan cards 67

Sullivan -4 (18)

Martin Kaymer aside, it's all red, white and blue at the top of the leaderboard as we head in to the evening on day one at Royal Troon.

A couple of English hopes linger not too far off the pace, however. Justin Rose carded a three under par 68 earlier, and Andy Sullivan has just finished with a birdie for a four-under 67 in the first round.

Wales' Jamie Donaldson and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy are a further two shots off the pace.

Wood withdraws

England's Chris Wood has withdrawn from the Open Championship during his first round, with the 28-year-old suffering from a neck injury.

Heartbreak for Mickelson

Mickelson -8 (18)

"I played one of the best rounds in my life but I feel like crying."

"I played one of the best rounds in my life but I feel like crying."

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Strapper Nick: Gosh, how did that ball not go in! Denied a 62 but 63 is not too shabby.

'What a beauty' by Mickelson

Phil Mickelson sinks a long putt on the 14th on his way to scoring the joint lowest ever round at the Open Championship.

Phil Mickelson 14th

Johnson goes second

Z Johnson -6 (16)

Zach Johnson does not intend on giving up his Open title easily, the American moves to six under through 16 with two birdies in his last three holes.

Another pair of birdies on his final two would see him match that superb round by Phil Mickelson - surely not?

'I wanted Phil to break the record'

Jay Townsend

Former European Tour player on Radio 5 live

Dustin Johnson has played pretty well from tee to green, he has just not holed a putt. If you are hitting good putts and they do not go in, then you have to be patient, but with Jordan Spieth, the way he was putting this morning, it does not look good for him.

I wanted Phil Mickleson to break the record, I was trying to lean that in. Phil knew what he was putting for, he knew the significance of that putt. I am glad he hit it, it was a good putt, it did not go in but what the heck he gave it a hell of a try.

Phil Mickelson is the ninth player to card a round of 63 at The Open.

The other eight are: 

  • Mark Hayes, 1977 (Turnberry)
  • Isao Aoki, 1980 (Muirfield)
  • Greg Norman, 1986 (Turnberry)
  • Paul Broadhurst, 1990 (St. Andrews)
  • Jodie Mudd, 1991 (Birkdale)
  • Nick Faldo, 1993 (St George’s)
  • Payne Stewart, 1993 (St George’s)
  • Rory McIlroy, 2010 (St Andrews)

Kaymer climbs to second

Kaymer -5 (16)

Well, with all eyes on Mickelson, Martin Kaymer has climbed into joint second alongside Patrick Reed.

Breaking the American dominance at the top of the leaderboard, Germany's Kaymer is on five under after a birdie at the 16th. 

Mickelson takes clubhouse lead

Mickelson -8 Westwood E Els E (18)

Let's have a look at Phil Mickelson's record-equaling round today, one that gives him a three-stroke clubhouse lead.

The American shot four birdies on the way out, carding 32, before notching another four birdies on the back nine for an eight-under round of 63 in which he did not drop a shot.

Lee Westwood was alongside the American to witness the drama, finishing on level par for the day, as was Ernie Els who also heads into the clubhouse on evens.

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So close for Mickelson

Mickelson -8 (18)

Phil Mickelson has been in fantastic form today, establishing a three-shot opening-round lead at Royal Troon, and coming within a whisker of carding a major record.

With around a 16-foot putt to break the record, his shot seems to round the hole but it just won't land for the American.

"I can't believe I didn't do it," he tells his caddy on the way out.

As it is, he joins eight other players to have hit 63 at an Open Championship - not a bad start to the weekend at all.

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Prize putt time

Mickelson -8 (18)

Clean strike from Phil Mickelson on the approach leaves him on the green and around 15 or 16 feet from the pin.

That's also the distance that currently stands between Mickelson and record round of 62 at a major - no pressure, Phil.

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Mickelson's final push

Mickelson -8 (17)

So, Phil Mickelson, chasing a major-record round of 62, gets a touch of winner's luck as his tee shot narrowly avoids a bunker on the 18th.

He looks frustrated, but it could have been worse for the American - and with the form he is in today you wouldn't bet against him pulling this one back.