Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Royal Troon for the 145th Open.— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) July 14, 2016
On the tee... from Scotland... Colin Montgomerie!https://t.co/nGji8YWtxV
Colin Montgomerie earned a spot for his home event the old fashioned way, going low at Final Qualifying to play his way into The Open. Monty grew up just a few houses down from Royal Troon, and the R&A gave him the honor of leading the championship off on Thursday morning. It was about 1:35 a.m. back in the eastern United States and 6:35 local in Scotland.
Monty's championship started well enough off the tee, but it got ugly up around the green when he found one of Troon's deadly pot bunkers. The penalty was a double bogey.
But fear not! Monty is on the rebound after that double, and has climbed all the way back in to the red at 2-under. He's got four birdies in his last six holes and is just one shot off the lead.