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Opening day at the 148th Open at Royal Portrush Disaster for McIlroy and Woods leaves them out of contention

An entertaining spectacle at day 1 of the Open at the Dunluce links of Royal Portrush - difficult scoring conditions at times with windy and wet weather-but a warm reception from the sell-out crowds - should have been the headline, but instead it was the tournaments favorite McIlroy whose nerves got the better of him on the first hole leading to a quadruple-bogey 8 which did.

Following the first, he never recovered and looked not completely in control of his game. The Northern Irishman finished his day eight-over and faces an uphill struggle to even make the cut.

The same can be said for Tiger Woods, he made just one birdie, at the 15th, and registered a +7 for his day's work.

American JB Holmes is the clubhouse leader, followed by Irishman and new-local-favorite Shane Lowry, who is one back.

The in-form Jon Rahm who picked up a win at the Irish Open 2 weeks ago looked to be posting a good number, but two bogeys in the final holes seen him finish at -3 along with a pack of 12 players including US open Champion Brooks Koepka, who is the man to watch; with Portrush native Ricky Elliott on the bag, that could be the key to his fifth career major.

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