Kevin Kisner shoots 66 to take first-round lead at British Open

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Each of the last nine Open winners was inside the top 15 after Day 1, so Woods will have to buck recent history if has any hopes of major championship No. 15 this week at Carnoustie. "It's a pretty cool feeling", said Fox, on the phone during a leisurely 500m stroll from his rented lodgings to the course. Noren has a win and two other top-five finishes on the European Tour this season, and also has three top-five finishes on the PGA Tour.

"If I can keep it in the fairway, I feel like I can control my golf ball around the green", he said. That's how you win Opens!

Other afternoon starters include reigning PGA champion Justin Thomas, Australia's Jason Day, and Ireland's Pádraig Harrington, victor of the last Open here 11 years ago.

Woods had a bit of an up-and-down round, but finished dead even.

"There's a lot more positivity around his golf game now which is warranted". There's a lot of great players.

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"I don't know how nervous he could be - he just won, right?"

The best thing about the first day here - and, as the kids used to say, it's all good - was the Russ-'n-Tiger show at half past eight, local time.

Carnoustie - or "Carnasty" as it's been affectionately dubbed - has hosted two of the four highest scoring Open Championships since World War Two, with Gary Player winning with a score of 289 in 1968 and Paul Lowrie claiming the Claret Jug with a cumulative score of 290 in 1999.

Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 18th green during his even-round 71 on Thursday.

And Spieth has struggled badly since making a valiant final-round charge into third place at the Masters.

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Asked if he gets any special privileges in the house for shooting the lowest opening-round score, Kisner joked, "I probably get to eat first".

The Carnoustie course is the wildcard, several degrees of difficulty up from Ballyliffin and Gullane and bone dry amid a summer drought.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth takes on Carnoustie in a practice round this week. That means it's going to play long with bunkers placed in just the right positions to make club selection as a premium this week. "There's no surprises where the bunkers are and what the greens are like; it's purely going to be about the conditions". Afterward, he said that his neck has been bugging him "for a while" and that Thursday was merely the first time that the tape was visible. As well as undergoing four back surgeries in three years, his marriage fell apart and old demons resurfaced. Leishman looked like challenging for the first round lead before finishing poorly for 72 while Olesen hit 70.

But Carnoustie's closing holes have a way of wrecking scorecards.

Alex Noren - The Swedish star came in tied for sixth at last year's Open at Royal Birkdale and enters the week in fantastic form.

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"I'm not putting any pressure on myself to perform".

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