Mike Ehrmann

British Open 2014: Leaderboard, live updates, scores from Thursday's round at Royal Liverpool

After a shaky two-bogey start, Tiger Woods righted the ship to get into the clubhouse with a 3-under 69 for his first major championship score of the year. Rory McIlroy, however, was three shots better and sits on top as the afternoon wave wraps up the first round at Hoylake.

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Tiger Woods silences critics

Tiger Woods made a noisy return to the majors with a 69 at Royal Liverpool.


Rory the new favorite, Tiger makes a move

Some big names populate the first page of the leaderboard after 18 holes at Hoylake, but Rory McIlroy is now the sole favorite according to the oddsmakers.


The best and worst from the 1st round at the Open

Rory rolls to the lead, while Tiger and Phil curse and Henrik Stenson snaps his club. Here are some of the best and worsts from opening day at the Open.


Woods, McIlroy highlight loaded Open leaderboard

It was just one round, but if Thursday is any indication, the British Open leaderboard could be a star-studded affair this year.


'Oh sh*t!': Phil Mickelson sends one out-of-bounds

Phil Mickelson hit a poor shot on No. 18 and knew it immediately.


Open pranksters cut crowd ropes, Bubba gets mad

It's not hard to irk Bubba Watson, and he's not been happy with the crowd control on Thursday at Hoylake. Is a prankster cutting the crowd control ropes to blame?


Russell Henley swings ... misses

It's been a tough day for University of Georgia Alums at the Open Championship so far and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. While his fellow Dawg Bubba Watson was melting down, Russell Henley attempted this chip shot from the thick junk and it didn't go so well, at all.

Standard protocol after a shot like that is to look around and see if anyone saw it and then hit it again. I guess you can't do that with ESPN cameras around, but I think we all know how you feel Russ.


We have Pony at the British Open

Ginuwine and Royal Liverpool seem like a perfect match.


‘Put it on silent,’ Tiger begs cell-toting fans

What were the odds, after the R&A rescinded its ban on cell phones at the British Open, that fans equipped with the latest in wi-fi gear would bug the hell out of Tiger Woods with their incessant clicking?


Jimenez swings from his knees

The most limber 50-year-old golfer in the world takes an interesting stance to blast out of a Hoylake pot bunker.


Dufner honors Lutzenkirchen with new patch on bag

Jason Dufner's Auburn pride is constantly on display, but at the British Open, it's for a more solemn reason. Dufner is honoring and remembering an Auburn community favorite with a patch on his bag. Just before he left for England, Dufner had a "43" added, the number worn by the late Philip Lutzenkirchen.


Lutzenkirchen, a tight end and leader on the 2010 national championship team, died in a car crash on June 29 at the age of 23. The sudden and tragic loss shook the Auburn community, and this is one way that one of its most prominent members will honor Lutzie at Royal Liverpool, and presumably going forward on the PGA Tour.


It's getting late in the day at the British Open

The British Open always boasts one of the most entertaining and, well, loose crowds in golf. It's getting late in the day at Royal Liverpool, and thanks to our citizen correspondents on the ground, the images of overserved patrons are starting to roll in. So far, we have this gentleman passed out next to the No. 6 tee, "about 25 yards from Joost Luiten teeing off."

These folks appear to be resting more than "resting" but it's likely a mix.

And then we have these selfless individuals doing their best to clean up the grounds and stack their (and hopefully others) beverage cups.

Not bad, but over here in America we've already turned this into a special kind of athletic feat.


Graeme McDowell is also helping hasten the elevated states of inebriation.

We'll continue to monitor all developments in one of the best crowds of the golf season.


Another major, another golf-cart related crime

Roger Maltbie said he had never seen anything like it when a guy was hauled from his golf cart to jail at the U.S. Open, but we had another arrest at Royal Liverpool. What’s with all the golf-cart incidents at majors?


Scott, Watson finding success early

The afternoon wave is making its way around Royal Liverpool and everyone is still chasing Rory McIlroy.


'Where the hell have you been?'

The British heather and fescue can quickly gobble up a golf ball at Hoylake. It's also apparently a nice spot for a medium-sized dog to disappear. This particular pup would not cooperate with the ESPN cameras as they went for the shot going to break, and the grand Peter Alliss did not approve.

Between the rare Alliss appearance on an American station, Scott Van Pelt, Mike Tirico, and Sean McDonough, this might be one of the more enjoyable golf broadcasts of the season.


Rory fires 1st-round 66 to lead British Open

Rory gets off to another strong start at sunny Royal Liverpool but the question looms: can McIlroy fend off his Friday foibles?


Is Ernie Els playing hockey or golf?

Two-foot putts are usually gimmes. Pros still have to putt them, but the conversion rate is so high they are essentially gimmes, except when they are not. Sometimes when it rains, it pours. That was the case for Ernie Els who not only missed a two-foot putt, but got lackadaisical with the comebacker and missed that too.

Although it's not necessarily a death blow to his chances, three-putting from two-feet on the opening hole is a brutal way to begin a major championship. When you play hockey with a putter, your putts get set to yakety sax:


Tiger returns with strong opening round

For just the second time in his career, Tiger Woods started a major championship with two straight bogeys. But 14-time major winner turned it on through the back nine and is in great position after his first major round of the year.


'Jesus Christ!' Leave Tiger alone

It's not a major championship unless Tiger Woods is cursing up a storm. In this instance, the anger was rather justified as a set of photographers directly in front him on the 18th hole kept forcing him to back off his ball. After a couple interruptions, he finally stopped his club mid-swing and let out a loud "Jesus Christ!"

Leave Tiger alone!

Update: We've set this to the appropriate musical accompaniment.


Henrik Stenson snaps his club over his knee

Henrik Stenson is known to have a bit of a temper when things don't go well. He wasn't playing poorly on Thursday at the British Open, but he wasn't having an easy go of it either. He ran into some trouble on No. 17 when his ball wound up in some very thick rough. Stenson was barely able to advance his ball -- and it remained in the rough -- and that was apparently enough for him to decide he'd had enough of that particular club.

The good news for Stenson is he only has one hole left and probably didn't need that club again anyway. The bad news is that probably hurt.

It's far from the first time Stenson's anger has cropped up. He rearranged his locker following the BMW Championship last year and previously took some frustration out on his driver.

There was also the time he did a little groundskeeping work following a poor shot at the 2012 Masters.


Hopefully the Callaway equipment truck is still around, Stenson needs a new iron.


Tiger drive bounces off volunteer's face

This could have been much, much worse if Tiger's drive caught this marshal on the fly.

The gentleman seemed unfazed, taking the golf ball to the face as just a brief brush back before returning to his duties inside the ropes.


Lefty tries to right ship and defend Open title

If Phil Mickelson is to defend his British Open title this week at Hoylake, he’ll need to play far better golf than he has since he hoisted the claret jug at Muirfield in 2013.


Tiger gets it going on the back nine

Tiger's first major round of the season started ugly, but he's back on track on the back nine and charging up a loaded Open Championship leaderboard.


Sergio Garcia doesn't even need a putter

Sergio Garcia opened the 2014 British Open as one of the top players without a major championship on his resume. He got off to a good start in changing that, notching birdies on three of his first five holes. He make the turn at 3-under, near the top of the leaderboard. Things can -- and have -- unraveled quickly for Garcia in majors before, so a bogey at No. 10 created a moment of pause.

A chip in for birdie is a pretty decent way to follow a bogey, however, and that's exactly what Garcia did.


File this one away for the next four days. If Garcia is in contention, shots like this might be the thing that gets him over the hump in a major.


Factory worker enjoying his time in the Open

John Singleton works in a factory near Hoylake and is playing in the British Open after making his way through qualifying. It's safe to say he's soaking it all in.


Tiger struggling early with shaky putting

The Open Championship is underway in Hoylake, and Tiger Woods is off to a frustrating start in his fist major championship this year.


McIlroy nearly holes out for eagle

Rory McIlroy is in the early stages of his first round at the Open and he's off to a relatively good start. McIlroy tapped in for par on the first hole before picking up a shot on No. 2 with a tap in birdie. McIlroy nearly eagled the hole, with his approach shot rolling to just a few inches from the cup.


Via @Adam-Sarson

Contending at Royal Liverpool will be a lot easier if McIlroy keeps hitting shots like that.


Pin Placements for Thursday at the Open

Royal Liverpool has uncharacteristically flat greens for an Open Championship course, with relatively few undulations and bumps on larger putting surfaces. The players should bomb in more putts than normal and with conditions perfect for the opening round, they should be able to take aim at many of these pins. Expect some lower scores.


Tiger’s Open ‘first’ boast elicits major eye-rolls

Tiger Woods has no bigger fan than Michael Wilbon, but even the ‘Pardon the Interruption’ co-host can’t believe Woods will come in first at the British Open.


ESPN creates 'Tiger-cam' stream for the Open

The biggest star in golf returns for his first major championship of the year, and ESPN will make sure you're able to watch his every shot.


2014 British Open weather forecast

A couple of storm systems will bring winds and rain to the British Isle this weekend but not every day is wet and windy.


First round TV coverage from Hoylake

The third major championship of the year has arrived and Tiger Woods will be among the players competing for the Claret Jug. Viewers will be able to watch Woods and the rest of the field thanks to extended television coverage.


5 separate streams set for Thursday at Open

With multiple online streams and more than 11 hours of live coverage, viewers won't miss much of the action at Royal Liverpool on Thursday.


British Open first round tee times

The British Open will get underway early Thursday morning and Tiger Woods won't have to wait long to make his return to major championship action.


Open outlaws betting, but Rory takes Clarke's cash

A new rule at the Open prohibits the players from visiting one of the many local books in Hoylake, but that reportedly hasn't stopped a large chunk of the field from already making a wager.


Is a major championship on the horizon for Spieth?

Jordan Spieth could be prepping for his senior year of college. Instead, he's one of the favorites to with the British Open at Hoylake. It's been quite a rise for the 20-year-old and he may be ready to take the next step.


A wine jug, Old Tom, and a legendary announcer

This week's British Open is the 143rd edition in the 153-year history of golf's oldest major. Here are some quirks, traditions, and high points in the long history of golf's most unique event.


A British Open viewer's guide

ESPN will once again have the coverage from start-to-finish at the Open Championship, which means more Tom Rinaldi gifs and a dedicated online stream to everything Tiger Woods does.


The most unique major has arrived

The British Open is lumped in with the Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship as one of the four majors, but it's really quite different from all others.


Picks and predictions for the British Open

The season's third major is here, but it's the first time this year Tiger Woods will have a chance to pick up ground on Jack Nicklaus' major championships record. Here are some picks and predictions for Tiger, Phil, and the British Open.

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