SOUTHPORT, England — The opening tee shot of any tournament might rattle the nerves of most players, but what about being the guy to lead off the entire tournament?
That was Mark O’Meara’s job at about 6:35 a.m. local on Thursday at Royal Birkdale, kicking off the 146th British Open. But this one was far from memorable for 1998’s Open winner at Birkdale. O’Meara bombed it out of bounds right and made a quadruple-bogey 8 on the par-4 opener, which is one of the course’s most difficult holes.
Check out the video below. O’Meara shot an 11-over 81.
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