2010 British Open leaderboard scores have Ireland’s Rory McIlroy leading the way. The 2010 British Open leaderboard also has John Daly lurking. Early coverage of the 2010 British Open actually had John Daly leading the way, with a seven-under-par round through the 16th hole, until he had a bogey on No. 17. The first-round score of 66 for Daly was still quite unexpected, and made him a nice surprise during early round play at St. Andrews.
Ireland’s Rory McIlroy had an amazing first round at the 2010 British Open, but there were some who predicted it with his familiarity of the St. Andrews course. He ended his first round with a nine-under-par 63, giving him a three-stroke lead over most of the field. It was South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen who was threatening his lead late in the first round on Thursday, as he has shot a nice seven-under-par heading into the 17th hole.
There were actually quite a high number of nice scores through the first round, indicating that the 2010 British Open leaderboard wasn’t going to look much like the 2009 British Open. Back in 2009, only four golfers finished on Sunday with a score under even par, but, on Thursday, it looked like nearly 70 golfers could finish the first round under par. It means that the course is playing well so far, and that, heading into the weekend, there could be some nice scores on the 2010 leaderboard. With some bad weather in the forecast, though, it’s still possible for anything to happen.
On the way to his nine-under-par opening round, Rory McIlroy was actually only one-under-par heading into the ninth hole. It was there that he went for an eagle, giving him a very nice three-under-par heading into the back nine. He birdied the first three holes, then birdied No. 14 and No. 15 before finishing with another birdie on No. 18. It was a very clean back nine, and showed how familiar McIlroy actually is with The Old Course at St. Andrews. That could serve him well heading into the weekend, and McIlroy has to be the favorite now to win the 2010 British Open.
Some of the other notables who were making an impression on the 2010 British Open leaderboard on Thursday included Tiger Woods. Woods had a nice first round of five-under-par to finish with a 67; quite possibly his best round of golf since coming back from those personal issues. Early going wasn’t as nice for Phil Mickelson, who had posted an even-par result through the seventh hole. After failing to make the cut at the Scottish Open last week, Mickelson still appears to be off his game a bit.
Coverage of the 2010 British Open will continue all through the weekend, with extensive British Open television coverage intended to provide a great look at the entire tournament.