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British Open Round One: Surprise Stories Atop Leaderboard

Scots have said that with one round of golf at the Old Course at St. Andrews a player can experience all four seasons of weather.

They weren't lying.

The opening round of the British Open Championship featured everything from a light breeze to roaring rains to a gorgeous rainbow strewn across a crystal, blue sky.

But it wasn't just the diversity of weather that surprised golfers and golf fans, but instead the vast array of scores ranging from Rory McIlroy's record tying round (nine-under-par 63) to the disastrous round of a major champion like Jim Furyk (five-over-par 77).

It's eye-opening to watch firm greens and howling winds undo the best golfers in the world.

But simultaneously, it's a breath of fresh air to see players producing a multitude of unconventional shots.

Anyone watching the Open witnessed everything from players putting up and over undulating greens from 30 yards away to striking low, hooking golf shots that looked like darts shot out of a cannon.

Day one at the Open was a constantly thrilling display of golf's best persevering, and grappling with, the arduous conditions of the 600-year-old Scotland track.

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