Thursday 9.45AM

Here are my first observations of the day:

– The weather is decidedly Scottish today: Grey, drizzly and not very warm.

– I heard Monty on the radio on the way to the course. He announced he?s going to play in a kilt on Sunday in an effort to counteract Tiger?s red shirt. I just hope he?s still here on Sunday.

– Remaining with Monty, I just watched him play the first. He appeared on the tee to rapturous applause, struck a majestic three wood down the middle, followed it up with a glorious approach to three feet and then missed the putt convincingly.

– Paul Lawrie, the last man to win the Open at Carnoustie is playing with Tiger Woods and Justin Rose. The dreek conditions will suit the gritty Aberdonian. He?s level through three.

– Scott Drummond started promisingly but an eight at the sixth stopped him in his tracks somewhat.

– Ross Bain, who very few people have heard of, is just one over par.

– I spotted a man with a Diet Irn Bru umbrella. The concept of Diet Irn Bru is altogether inappropriate.