Follow Speith, McIlroy and Woods around Carnoustie

Rory McIlroy

The Open Championship runs from July 19 to July 22.

Kevin Kisner of the US plays a shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland on Thursday. "That's why I feel so comfortable here around the greens because I see the same type of shots at home often".

Woods' gradual injury comeback and Fox's hot streak in Ireland and Scotland this past fortnight means the pair are only separated by 13 spots on the world rankings: Woods 71 and Fox a career-high 84.

Fox experienced the "Tiger buzz" at his first Open at St Andrews three years ago (a tie for 49th), and in Dubai last year.

Even Scottish playing partner Russell Knox, who briefly stole the American's thunder with a superb eagle on the 14th, later described his hero Woods as a "mythical" figure.

He managed to get around without a bogey on his card, which was quite a feat on a course so hard and fiery there were plenty of good shots suffering an unkind fate.

"It was great", she said.

He grew up close to another major championship which awards its victor a Green Jacket instead of the Claret Jug up for grabs this week but as much as he loves the Masters he would take an Open victory without any complaints.

World No. 33 Kisner has not finished better than equal 54th in three appearances at the Open, but is coming to terms with a type of game rarely played on the soft and lush courses of the U.S. PGA Tour.

"I couldn't say which way, if [Tiger's] neck needs relaxing or stimulating, but that's the first time I have ever seen Tiger with KT tape very visible", Faldo said.

"I spent a lot of time with Jordan and the Claret Jug, " Kisner said.

"I could have hit a 5-iron easily and just said, 'You know what?"

Tiger Woods and Lucas Herbert share a practice round at Carnoustie. "So I'm pretty sure everybody has a lot of self-belief, or we wouldn't be doing it".

Woods, wearing a smart blue sleeveless jersey that matched the colour of the summer sky, dissected the fairway with his opening tee shot, twirled his iron in his hand and strode off with a huge media posse in tow.

This year's tournament heads to Carnoustie with defending champion Jordan Spieth teeing off at 9.58 alongside Justin Rose. "There's no surprises where the bunkers are and what the greens are like; it's purely going to be about the conditions".

But this was a largely joyous start from the moment he walked to the first tee and received surely the most rapturous reception any great champion has received before he has even played a shot. The other Kiwi Mike Hendry, who qualified in Japan, is off at 11.20pm (Thursday NZT) alongside Lee Westwood and Kelly Kraft. "A solid round tomorrow to stay in the top 25, top 20 will be kind of the goal tomorrow to feel like I can do something on the weekend".

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