We are not going to let our head get way out over our skis.
There is little doubt that getting off to a good start is usually important in any major tournament. However, you can't win a major on the first day of competition.
Can you lose it? Almost certainly. A brutal start can take the heart out of most of the top pro golfers, knowing that there are problems with their game and that they have a a long way to go to catch up.
A great start, on the other hand, will give a golfer the confidence that he can contend and stay with the leaders.
Here's our take on the players to look at on Day 1 of the British Open.
(Tee times listed in the following slides are all Eastern Time.)