It was an above average day at Royal Birkdale in terms of scoring, storylines, shotmaking and a course in peak condition.
Day two may not be such a graceful display if the forecasters are to be believed.
Ian Poulter has kept the momentum going since his Players win and in returning to the site of his best Open finish. (Tallentire/Guardian)
Jordan Spieth added a few twists to his game and looked focused. (Shackelford/Golfweek)
Matt Kuchar opened with 67 and admitted after that he should have won more in his career. (Huggan/GolfDigest.com)
Kuchar is crediting his Scottish Open appearance to feeling comfortable here. (Hoggard/GolfChannel.com)
Rory McIlroy got a pep talk from is caddie...well, it was a bit more PG-13 than that. (Tait/Golfweek)
The Tommy Fleetwood-return-to-Southport didn't go as planned. (Mitchell/Guardian)
Brooks Koepka didn't miss a beat since taking off a month after his U.S. Open win. (Babineau/Golfweek)
Jon Rahm went from a disastrous day to a merely eventful opening 69 after he was cleared of an infraction. (Romine/Golfweek)
Aussies aren’t real thrilled with Dan Jenkins after taking a jab at Ian Baker-Finch. (Walten/AAP)
Justin Thomas gave detractors 67 reasons to stop talking about a pretty swell retro outfit. (Romine/Golfweek)
“It’s nice definitely to get people to stop talking about that,” said Thomas, who shot 3-under 67 while sporting a navy tie as part of his Polo Golf/Ralph Lauren scripting for Thursday’s opening round. “Obviously, I knew it was probably going to get a lot of publicity and be out there, but I didn’t come here to dress well.”
Jason Day's joggers and white hi-tops didn't fare well either with fashionistas. (Romine/GolfChannel.com)
Fashion got lots of overall attention. (Romine/GolfChannel.com)
Alfie Plant displayed no fear. England's least known, best hope at the moment.
First day TV hit and misses. (Kaufmann/Golfweek)
Russia has apparently infiltrated the list of Open winners. (Miceli/MorningRead.com)
Monty's bluster brought life to the Golf Channel telecast. (Elling/MorningRead.com)
To kick off round two, the R&A announced Andrew Johnston as "Beef" Johnston. Somewhere Ivor Robson just flinched.
I'm not sure if it works in the States, but Open radio is a fun way to enjoy the action if you have other tasks to tend to. Inexplicably, the R&A no longer sells radios to spectators.
Golfweek's Live Blog will keep you up to date.
The Guardian's Live Blog will give you the UK perspective.