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Open Championship

Phil Mickelson, who shot 17 under par at Royal Troon last year and still finished 3 strokes behind winner Henrik Stenson, failed to make a birdie during the first round at Royal Troon, shooting 73. It was the first time Mickelson did not make a birdie or eagle in any major championship round since the last day of the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club. The last time at the Open? The first round in 1999 at Carnoustie. Mickelson also failed to make a birdie earlier this year during the second round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational and the third round of the Players Championship.

Bob Harig, ESPN Senior Writer

Open Championship

Fans hoping to get a second look at Justin Thomas playing in a tie at The Open are set to be disappointed Friday after the 24-year-old said he was going to "save it". The American's attire attracted a lot of attention as he shot a 3-under 67 wearing it through the first round. "I didn't come here to dress well," he said. "I came to play some good golf … This is a golf shirt, so it's not like it's uncomfortable. It was just something I wanted to do this time." Thomas doesn't wear ties often off the course. "I wore one every day to High School," he said.

Leo Spall, UK Correspondent

Open Championship

Stuart Manley may have had trials with Manchester United and played against Michael Owen and Craig Bellamy as a youngster, but the 38-year-old told reporters golf was the right choice after he made his Open Championship debut and was an early first-round clubhouse leader. "I loved golf. I didn't really like football. It just got too pressurized," the Welshman said after posting a 2-under 68 with an eagle and birdie to close. "I just thought post a decent score, give myself tomorrow for making the cut and have a good weekend. I didn't really dream I'd be sitting here."

Leo Spall, UK Correspondent

Open Championship

Branden Grace is eyeing his best finish at The Open after completing the first round at even par. He finished with a bogey to leave Royal Birkdale a touch frustrated, but remained optimistic that he could better his T20 placing of two years ago. "I'm feeling my game is going in the right direction again and starting to feel comfortable on the fairways and greens," Grace said. "I would like to think I could be in contention come Sunday and have my sights on the top 10. It's tough out there, it's a grind. It's never nice to finish that way but it's still a good day."

Leo Spall, UK Correspondent

Open Championship

Playing in his last Open because he has reached the age of 60, Mark O'Meara was granted the honor of teeing off first. It turned out to be a horror. O'Meara, the 1998 champ at Royal Birkdale, sailed his first tee shot out of bounds in driving rain and ended up shooting 81. "My name is on my golf bag, I've won the Open Championship, I'm in the Hall of Fame, when you hit one straight right off the first tee out of bounds. . . my day was toast after that first tee shot. But I still had to play.'' O'Meara made an 8 on the hole and shot 43 for the first 9 holes. "At one point I felt like I was going to shoot 90 out there,'' he said. "You still play for your pride.''

Bob Harig, ESPN Senior Writer

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