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July 18 2013

6:45 AM

First hole proving a stern test

GULLANE, Scotland -- The first hole at Muirfield has provided a rude awakening for players teeing off Thursday morning at The Open Championship.

The 447-yard par 4 has proven to be an extremely difficult test in the early going.

With nearly half the field on the course, the hole has only given up two five birdies -- including one to the leader Miguel Angel Jimenez -- and 44 pars. At the same time, there have been 23 bogeys and 12 double bogeys or worse.

The tone was set early as Oliver Fisher escaped with a par in the day's first group -- but Lloyd Saltman and Peter Senior weren't as fortunate. Senior made double bogey and Saltman had an 8 after hitting two shots out of bounds.

Saltman's first shot went over a 20-foot high LED screen at the tented village and his second hit something -- but neither ball was able to be located. The Scot then hit his fifth from the tee, finding the light rough, and his sixth on the green, then two-putted from 30 feet for the quadruple bogey.

 

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