Marcel Siem had never played in a British Open before he teed off at 6:41 on Thursday morning with Loren Roberts and Mathew Goggin.
The 30-year-old German has proven to be a quick study, though. He birdied four of his first seven holes to take sole possession of the lead -- and even though John Daly has now passed him, Siem is hanging tough.
Siem, who is 4 under through 15 holes, has struggled this season on the European Tour where his only win came in 2004. His lone top-10 came last month at the Celtic Manor Wales Open when he finished solo seventh.
While he hasn’t had enormous success of late, though, Siem may have been destined to be a golfer. He started playing golf when he was 2 years old. His parents ran a restaurant at Burge Overbach golf course in Cologne, Germany, – Helen Ross