Canadian Mike Weir Starts Strong at 2008 Open

Mike Weir is off to a solid start in the 2008 British Open at Royal Birkdale with a round of one over par 71.  He sits two strokes back of the lead held by Rocco Mediate, Robert Allenby and Graeme McDowell.  Currently, Retief Goosen and Jim Furyk are tied with Weir.

Weir was able to make an eagle three on the par-5 17th hole after making a double-bogey six on the par-4 16th hole.   Stephen Ames managed to post a round of 73 and sits at three-over par.  At 53 years of age, Greg Norman, the two time Open champion, was the story of the day with an even-par round of 70 and sits tied with Adam Scott, both one back of the leaders.

Conditions at Birkdale this morning started brutal with severe wind, cool temperatures, and rain making play extremely difficult and putting those with late tee times at an advantage as the afternoon conditions improved slightly.

Other big names such as Michelson, Singh and Els struggled badly with rounds of 79, and 80’s.  Defending champion Padrig Harrington shot a four-over 74 along with Justin Rose and Tom Watson. (data from Score Golf)

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