Hole-in-1 for Oosthuizen, birdie blitz for McIlroy
LOUIS Oosthuizen got the first hole-in-one in this year's British Open in the opening round on Thursday while Rory McIlroy made his move with a run of birdies.
South African Oosthuizen, the Open champion at St Andrews in 2010, holed his tee shot at the short 14th to take him back to even par for his round.
McIlroy, who won the Claret Jug at Hoylake in 2014 before missing last year's Open due to injury, notched his first birdie of the morning at the par-five fourth hole.
He made further shots at the sixth, seventh and short eighth holes and narrowly missed making another birdie at the ninth after hitting the flag with his approach.
That put McIlroy level at four-under with the American Patrick Reed and Lee Soo Min of South Korea.
Former Masters champion Bubba Watson of the United States had led at five-under before falling back with a triple-bogey six at the short eighth, which is known as the Postage Stamp.
In glorious sunshine but with stiff breezes coming in off the Firth of Clyde, scoring has proven far tougher into the wind on the back nine than on the front nine.
Scottish veteran Colin Montgomerie played the first tee shot of the championship as he went out in the first group of the day at 6.35am local time (1.35pm Singapore time).
The 53-year-old, who came through qualifying to appear in his hometown Open, was the early clubhouse leader after shooting an even-par 71.