A brief entry to say well done to Tom Watson. The 58-year-old who’s playing in his fifth Open at Birkdale had to endure the worst of the weather through his entire round this morning but came in with an impressive score of 74.

The five-time Open Champion opened with a birdie and led the Championship for an hour or so this morning before dropping away with bogeys at the 6th and 7th. He bounced back with a birdie on the 8th and, despite three further bogeys on the back nine, posted a total of four over par – one of the best scores from the early starters.

After the round Watson said that he enjoys the challenge of such testing conditions but, “wouldn’t want to face it every day.” He’s shown a lot of younger, fancied, players how to play the links in the wind and rain.