2009 Open diary: Rose gets one over 16th

When Tom Watson called Turnberry "defenceless" on Thursday, he was overlooking the new 16th hole. A once-easy downhill par-four has been turned into a treacherous dog-leg which swings right and over a deep creek angled in front of the green.

On day one, into the breeze, it ruined many promising rounds. Fredrik Jacobson approached on minus four and was rocked back by a triple bogey, and the list of double bogeys was an Open who's who: Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Soren Kjeldsen, Adam Scott, Kenny Perry, Chad Campbell, Anthony Kim, KJ Choi and Greg Norman were among their number. It is Turnberry's car-crash corner, and the stands are full to bursting itching to see pros come a cropper.

But yesterday, with the wind helping, the hole was kinder. The front pin obliged them to bring the ball over the flag and putt back towards the hazard, and some overdid it. It flummoxed Kjeldsen again – he took an eight; and JB Holmes crashed it into the spectator stand behind the green, and had to hole a tough return for a bogey. But Justin Rose showed how to do it with a trickle-down putt for birdie that helped keep him in the tournament.

Focus on Ishikawa stops Woods clicking into gear

Despite Angel Cabrera's famous remark that "other players have psychologists – I just smoke", the fact is that not many of the golfers light up out there. Miguel Angel Jimenez has his cherished post-round cigar; Darren Clarke likes the odd puff; and John Daly hits driver on the practice tee with a cigarette clamped between his teeth. This is a tribute to their self-control, because the game's neurotic stresses are there for all to see.

It cannot have been easy for Sergio Garcia, wedged between the oldest man in the tournament and the youngest, to continue thinking of himself as "El Niño". And one factor in the poor form of Tiger Woods in the first round may lie in the circus surrounding his glamorous Japanese partner, 17-year-old Ryo Ishikawa.

Woods is well used to the media scrum, of course – but it was a new experience for him to have scores of cameramen (40 or 50 on the first tee alone) snapping pictures of... someone else.

Imada takes it breezy on heavenly 17th hole

Everyone knows that the wind makes Turnberry a different course, and yesterday proved it. In practice, and on day one, the 17th was an into-the-wind beast (Westwood hit two drivers and still did not make the green). But with the breeze reversed it became an eagle opportunity at a crucial time in the round. Ryuji Imada holed from 40 feet to make the cut; Padraig Harrington and Tom Lehman both birdied it – even a deflated Ian Poulter had his only birdie in two days here – to edge them inside the mark. Carl Pettersson, meanwhile, eagled it to reach 11 over par, and beamed with relief – 13 over would have been awful.

Radio no substitute for Daly dose of live action

It's an Open secret that to enjoy wandering the links you need a neck-strung portable radio. It is the only way to keep track of goings-on. But the earphoned crowd begins to titter when it becomes obvious that the commentary team is watching the championship on TV. You can sit in the stands around the 18th green, watch John Daly chip up to the hole – and a few minutes later the radio cuts, as if live, to here comes Daly, chipping at 18. Or perhaps, at the Open, time really does stand still.

Voices
Homeless Veterans charity auction: Cook with Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick at Merchants Tavern
charity appeal
Sport
Amir Khan is engaged in a broader battle than attempting to win a fight with Floyd Mayweather
boxing Exclusive: Amir Khan reveals plans to travel to Pakistan
Arts and Entertainment
Caroline Flack became the tenth winner of Strictly Come Dancing
tvReview: 'Absolutely phenomenal' Xtra Factor presenter wins Strictly Come Dancing final
Sport
Ched Evans in action for Sheffield United in 2012
footballRonnie Moore says 'he's served his time and the boy wants to play football'
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families