The Open 2018 first round live scores, leaderboard and Tiger Woods latest

Tiger Woods is a 14-time major victor, however, he has angered golf fans this afternoon after pushing away children eagerly waiting for his autograph at The Open.

One shot behind was a collection of players with little history in golf's biggest events, including Erik Van Rooyen and Zander Lombard of South Africa.

In the end, an even-par round of 71 had him T-32 and five shots behind leader Kevin Kisner and once again lamenting a good round that could have been special but wasn't.

Tiger Woods slogged through a wet Friday at the British Open. Certainly an improvement over the U.S. Open, where he shot 78 in the first round and went on to miss the cut. In more hard conditions, his 65 felt just as good, especially the birdie on the 18th that put him atop the leaderboard until Johnson finished.

Fleetwood is still chasing his first major title, but the fast-rising Englishman, who had to borrow an umbrella Friday as he doesn't have an equipment sponsor and didn't bring his own, set the soggy course alight with a 65.

"The guys weren't doing much this afternoon and I felt like if I could shoot something under par today, it would be good", Woods said.

Padraig Harrington holed a short putt for par on the opening hole and turned to leave when he saw a golf ball trundle onto the green.

"I'm just playing to my spots, " he said.

Jordan Spieth is scheduled to get his title defence under way just before 10am alongside Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Olympic champion Justin Rose, who finished fourth in the Open as a 17-year-old amateur 20 years ago.

"Even if you play aggressive around here, you might make more bogeys than playing it safe, but you're going to make more birdies as well", he said. Woods said after his round that he expects one of the late starters to go low, meaning he could potentially be too far back with 36 holes to play, given the amount of players in front of him. I think that's what I have to do. "So that's been my game plan". I enjoyed watching him play. But he had another poor finish, closing bogey-double bogey for a 72 and is at 6-over 148 for 36 holes. The 14-time major champion's birdie putt from 8 feet at the 18th rolled just past the right edge.

While his 367-yard average on his drives ranked fifth on Thursday, he hit only 47 percent of the fairways and 56 percent of greens in regulation.

Two tee shots into bunkers on the back nine.

A birdie on the first hole was just the start he needed. He was also sporting black adhesive strips on the back of his neck, something he offered few details on other than to say it's been "bugging him for a while", and deserves to be monitored going into the weekend.

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