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By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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  • Coming up this afternoon…

    Selected tee-times (all BST)

    12:53Justin Thomas (US), Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Thorbjorn Olesen (Den)

    13:04Louis Oosthuizen (SA), Brooks Koepka (US), Shubhankar Sharma (Ind)

    13:26Jordan Spieth (US), Marc Leishman (Aus), Danny Willett (Eng)

    14:48Justin Rose (Eng), Tony Finau (US), Lucas Bjerregaard (Den)

    14:59Dustin Johnson (US), Jason Day (Aus), Keegan Bradley (US)

    15:10Tiger Woods (US), Matt Wallace (Eng), Patrick Reed (US)

    15:21Patrick Cantlay (US), Jon Rahm (Spa), Matt Kuchar (US)

  • Birdie!

    Clarke -2 (3) Hoffman E (3)

    Darren Clarke walks to the fourth tee, swinging his club in his hand with some glee as he leads The Open on two under.

    His stunning tee shot on the third left him a tap in birdie and the Northern Irishman looks right at home now.

    Charley Hoffman gets himself out of a sticky spot with a chip and lengthy putt to save par. That my friends is the epitome of a cracking up and down.

  • Coming up this morning…

    Selected tee-times (all BST)

    07:30Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng), Padraig Harrington (Irl), Andrew Putnam (US)

    07:52P Mickelson (US), S Lowry (Ire), Branden Grace (SA)

    08:14Webb Simpson (US), Sergio Garcia (Spa), Cheng-Tsung Pan (Tpe)

    09:14Henrik Stenson (Swe), Xander Schauffele (US), Graeme McDowell (NI)

    09:58Bryson DeChambeau (US), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Adam Scott (Aus)

    10:09Gary Woodland (US), Rory McIlroy (NI), Paul Casey (Eng)

    10:20Rickie Fowler (US), Kevin Kisner (US), Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn)

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  • Andy Sullivan went to bed probably thinking ‘nice and steady tomorrow, nice and steady’.

    The Englishman blasted out of bounds on the first and is +2 after the opening hole.

    On the plus side, he has loads of time to put things right.

  • Sugrue in wonderland

    Alex Bysouth

    BBC Sport at Royal Portrush

    James Sugrue

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    What a month for Irish amateur James Sugrue, who won the Amateur Championship in June to secure qualification for The Open, as well as The Masters and US Open next year.

    The 22-year-old’s first taste of major golf is to head out alongside a former champion in Darren Clarke and enjoy the huge crowds following him.

    Sugrue nearly didn’t make it to the first tee today though, having to take two courses of antibiotics after an insect bite he suffered in Sweden last week got infected and saw his calf swell by about four inches.

    Now he’s knocking birdies on the world’s biggest stage…

  • What a shot!

    Clarke -1 (2) Sugrue -1 (2) Hoffman E (2)

    James Sugrue – the Irish amateur – makes birdie on the par-five second and joins Darren Clarke in the early lead. They move on to the third, a par-three.

    Sugrue finds the green as the flag flaps around in the wind. Clarke tees it up, 175 yards, lovely sound to it and what a shot… it rolls to within a foot. Stop it Darren, put this kind of technology away.

    Charley Hoffman, what have you got? Ooof, that’s ugly, right and in trouble.