Golf | Talking points from day one in Portrush

There was plenty of drama and entertainment on the first day of The Open at Portrush today.

The weather was inconsistent, and so were some of golf’s biggest stars.

You can relive all the action as it happened via our live blog.

Here are all the main moments to be aware of from the opening round.

Holmes Comforts

JB Holmes currently holds the lead after scoring 65 (-5) to lead the chasing pack by one.

Shane Lowry is hot on his heels on -4.

Tight at the top

As mentioned above, Lowry (-4) is hot on Holmes’ heels (-5).

Incredibly, there are 13 players at -3, five at -2 and 20 at -1.

With 40 players below par, there are plenty of twists and turns ahead of us in this competition.

Classy Clarke

Darren Clarke scored 71 on an emotional day for him in front of his encouraging home crowd.

Super Shane

Shane Lowry enjoyed his best opening day ever at a Major. He ended the opening round on 67, and his score of -4 leaves him one stroke off the lead.

McIlroy Misery

Rory McIlroy endured a torrid day, scoring 79 and ending the day on +8.

Troubled Tiger

Tiger Woods has also struggled in Portrush. He finished the day on a disappointing 78, and enters the second round on 6+.

Wily Fox

Ryan Fox completed the lowest back 9 in Open history (29) at Portrush today. He ended the day on -3, two strokes off the lead.

Grillo Greatness

Emiliano Grillo made a hole-in-one at the 13th, the first at The Open since 2016.

Rahm in the mix

2019 Irish Open champion John Rahm is also in the mix at the top.

He matched Holmes for most of the evening, but a double bogey on the 18th leaves him two strokes off the top on -3.

Rahm scored his lowest ever round at the Open, and will fancy his chances of going all the way.

Keep an eye on Koepka

World number one Brooks Koepka also enjoyed a strong start, and ended the day two shots off the lead on 68 (-3).