Former Big 12 golfers Rickie Fowler of Oklahoma State and Jimmy Walker of Baylor are tied for 10th place after the opening round of the 2014 Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.
Fowler toured his opening 18 holes with a three-under-par round of 69, the same score produced by Walker. Fowler’s round included five birdies and two bogeys, both on the back nine.
Fowler and Walker both played extremely well in the 114th U.S. Open Golf Championship last month at Pinehurst No. 2. Fowler finished in a tie for second, and Walker tied for ninth. It appears that their momentum from that last major championship has carried over at what was formerly called the British Open.
Rory McElroy of Northern Ireland shot an opening round score of six-under 66 and is the leader after the opening 18 holes of the 72-hole major championship, with young Italian golfer Matteo Manassero in second one shot back of McElroy.
Former Texas Longhorn Jordan Spieth shot a one-under 71 in his opening round and is tied for 33rd place along with 16 other golfers, including Oklahoma State alum Hunter Mahan.
Gary Woodland, who played collegiate golf at Kansas shot a three-over score of 74 and is tied for 105th in the Open Championship.
Peter Uihlein, formerly of Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma alum Todd Hamilton each had scores of five-over 77, which placed them tied for 130th heading into the second round on Friday.