De Jonge struggles at British Open opener

It was a bad opening British Open day for Zimbabwe’s Brendon De Jonge Thursday after he shot an awkward six over par 78 for a tied 140th place in a competition that has drawn 156 contestants at the Royal Liverpool Country Club in London.

Brendon De Jonge
Brendon De Jonge

The Zimbabwean is tied with Dong-Kyu Jang, John Singleton, Patrick Reed, and Masanori Kobayashi, and will have to produce something more astounding if he is to finish in a respectable position. One of those tied with De Jonge, Singleton, a British qualifier is a factory worker.

Also struggling along with De Jonge is South Africa Ernie Else who is well behind De Jonge on seven over par 79 and in 145th place. A flawless six under par 66 has seen former world number one Rory Mclroy taking an early one stroke lead ahead of Matteo Manassero who is on five under par 67. This is Mclroy’s best score in nearly two years in a major.

Tiger Woods is not way off the pace as he is in joint 10th on three under par 68, only three strokes behind the leader. World number one Adam Scott is well placed to roar as he is only two shots behind Mclroy after carding a four under par 68 for a joint third with Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, and Shane Lowry as well namesakes Fancesco and Edoardo Molinari.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson is on two over par 74 and in 84th position. The British Open winner will take home $1.66 million. All in all, the British Open has a sponsorship of $9.9 million.

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