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The Open 2018: Sam Locke leads Scottish problem at Carnoustie

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The Open 2018: Sam Locke leads Scottish problem at Carnoustie

Sam Locke closed his spherical with a birdie on 18
The 147th Open Championship
Venue: Carnoustie, Scotland Dates: 19-22 July
Protection: Dwell throughout BBC Radio, highlights on BBC TV and on-line, dwell textual content commentaries on BBC web site.

Sam Locke will return to his part-time job at Paul Lawrie’s golf centre in Aberdeen as soon as he has achieved enjoying on this Open Championship at Carnoustie.

On Thursday’s proof, his boss may need to attend a number of days for the 19-year-old newbie’s return.

Locke performed splendidly in his opening spherical, taking pictures a one-over par 72 and outscoring a galaxy of {golfing} stars within the course of.

To get an angle on how good that was, Locke is forward of Phil Mickelson on the leaderboard. Not simply Mickelson both. Ernie Els, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia are all trying up at him.

His 72 matched Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood. Jimmy Walker and Brooks Koepka. This vivid younger factor who was a month shy of his first birthday when Lawrie received the Claret Jug right here all these years in the past. What a day he had on the market.

“I did not really feel like I used to be that a lot in charge of the ball, however I made numerous good putts,” mentioned Locke.

If he can shoot one-over when he’s struggling for management, then it augurs nicely for when he has the ball on a string, if such a factor is feasible round Carnoustie in Open week.

“I actually loved the entire expertise. That is my first large professional occasion and it is pretty much as good because it will get,” he mentioned.

“I felt like I handled it fairly nicely, particularly early on. I used to be fairly nervous. Perhaps I did not present, nevertheless it was good enjoyable. And the birdie on 18 was beautiful. It was a fantastic feeling. I am happy.”

Along with his father and coach, Andrew, caddying for him and Lawrie, who has Locke as a part of his Basis, following his each transfer, this was a special occasion for the teen, a golfer from the age of three.

This was by one million miles the largest stage he has carried out on. He was in a gaggle with American Ryder Cup participant and a number of PGA Tour winner, Brandt Snedeker.

On the primary tee, Locke may have given Snedeker three pictures and he nonetheless would have overwhelmed him. As first bows go in The Open Championship, this was one he’ll always remember.

Lyle’s ‘little little bit of bunker bother’

Sandy Lyle was the primary of the five-strong Scottish contingent out on the course, putting the opening tee shot at 06:35 BST.

In his 43rd Open, he was going alongside properly at stage par till he reached the 13th, which he double bogeyed after discovering an horrendous spot in a greenside bunker after which taking three pictures to get out it.

That was the best way of issues on his Open debut at Lytham in 1974, and at Carnoustie it was the second {that a} good spherical began to get away from him. He completed with a four-over-par 75.

“The primary bunch of holes have been high-quality. After 9 holes, I used to be blissful [on one under] then I acquired in a bit little bit of bunker bother,” he mentioned.

Scott Jamieson is on the identical mark as Lyle after six bogeys and two birdies, whereas Grant Forrest is an extra 5 pictures again after a chastening, birdie-free 80.

And Russell Knox was left to rue a bogey on 18, which left him signing for a two-over 73.

BBC Sport – Golf

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