Open Championship 2013: Thursday timeline
8 am – Dustin Johnson warms up on the range ahead of his tee time with Bubba Watson and Nicolas Colsaerts. Many people think the winner will come from this three-ball.
8.30 am – GM’s Jezz Ellwood scrambles around on the rocks by North Berwick beach, desperately looking for a place to film. He’s predicted a strong showing from Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose and Ernie Els. Don’t forget, you can still enter our prediction competition for your chance to win a great prize. Simply visit our Facebook page.
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11 am – I stop in at the R&A swingzone at the tented village, where a host of PGA Professionals are on hand to give out free golf lessons all week – a terrific initiative and indicative of the R&A’s tireless efforts to try and grow the game.
12 pm – Golf Monthly editor-at-large Bill Elliott on Woods: “Tiger has got a problem at the moment. He is playing well but not in the majors and that may be building into a genuine psychological poroblem.”
12.47 pm – Rafa Cabrera-Bello pulls himself from the golfing abyss with a fine opening 67 to claim the clubhouse lead on four-under-par.
1.45 pm – Adam Scott, the defending Masters champions, tells the BBC: “I’m feeling very good about things and in the last 10 days my game has shaped up nicely. Last year was a good experience.”
2.20 pm – Dustin Johnson, who opened up with a three-under-par 68, said he feels very comfortable at Muirfield, and that his 3-iron is going further than his 3-wood.
3 pm: I paid a visit to the Golf Foundation’s stand in the tented village. They do a great job encouraging youngsters into the game with their HSBC Golf Roots programme, which reaches hundreds of thousands of youngsters each year. It was also great to see the crazy golf putting great packed full of children.