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Day 1 at CARNOUSTIE

Keep that card

Tony Finau: Though probably best known to casual fans as “that guy who busted his ankle celebrating a hole-in-one at the Masters,” Finau continued his strong play in the majors Thursday. Coming off a T10 at Augusta and a fifth-place finish at the U.S. Open, Finau opened at Carnoustie with a 4-under 67 and is one shot off the lead held by Kevin Kisner.

Toss that card

Dustin Johnson: The No. 1 ranked player in the world has quite a bit of work to do if he’s going to make noise in this one. Johnson never found a groove in Round 1 and put two balls out of bounds. The second came on the final hole, when he put his approach shot into the 18th green well left of the target, and three-putted for triple bogey to cap a 5-over 76.

On the course with

Brooks Koepka: The defining image of Koepka’s opening round came on the par-3 eighth hole, when he got down on both knees, leaned into a bunker and attempted to flick the ball out. It was a shot he had practiced Tuesday but the two-time U.S. Open champ said he got “too cute” Thursday. The ball stayed in the sand and settled in a bad lie. For his next shot, Koepka took plenty of sand and not enough of the ball, which rebounded off the wall of the bunker and dropped back in. Koepka got up-and-down for a double-bogey 5.

Open moment

All hail Haraldur! The first man from Iceland to play at a major golf championship, Haraldur Magnus said “every muscle and bone in my body was shaking” when he took his opening tee shot at Carnoustie on Thursday. After reaching the turn in 4 over, Magnus had one of the best back nines of the first round and finished birdie-birdie for a 1-over 72. “There were quite a few Icelanders going crazy,” the 27-year-old said of his supporters. “That was exciting because this is my World Cup.”

 

Chip shots

• Jhonattan Vegas, who arrived in Scotland on Thursday morning and barely made his tee time after a series of visa and travel woes, shot a 5-over 76 using a borrowed set of clubs because his never showed up.

 

• Kisner is sharing a house this week with Jason Dufner, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson.

 

• Tiger Woods’ even-par 71 is his second-best round in a major this season (69, final round at the Masters).

Key hole

Par-4, 472-yard No. 9: Kisner made the last of three consecutive birdies on his way to a one-stroke lead

 

TWEET of the day

Really liking Golf Channel micing up the seagulls at Carnoustie. Makes me want to reach down to guard my boardwalk fries.

— @RyanBallengee

Quote of the day

“He’s trying to bury me by 20 shots, as I’m doing with him.”

— Russell Knox, paired with Woods for the first time.

UP NEXT

Morning rain is forecast, with the afternoon wave likely missing any wet weather. What will that do to the leaderboard? Golf Channel has coverage all day.

BRIAN STENSAAS

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