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The Open - Players take advantage of calm first day at St Andrews, Dustin Johnson leads

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The majority of players who took to the course today at St Andrews, were greeted by pleasant weather as some fantastic scores have been posted at the 144th Open Championship.

It may have been chilly but US Open Runner up, Dustin Johnson, set the course on fire with five birdies and an eagle to get to seven-under-par.

While the US Open Champion, Jordan Spieth also made a good start, making seven birdies along with two bogeys, to finish with a 67, two shots behind the man who gifted him the US Open last month.

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Meanwhile, the local crowd are jubilant to find one of their own high up the leaderboard. Former Open Champion, Paul Lawrie has posted a first round score of six-under-par.

Joining the Scotsman one shot behind, is two time US Open Champion and local qualifier graduate, Retief Goosen, posting a 66. The South African had a solid round that included seven birdies and with only the one blemish on the card, coming from a bogey on the third.

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Silver Medal Hopefuls

Local qualifier Nielbrugge, looks to be the leading man for the number one amateur prize. The American was first to finish with a birdie filled round, along with two bogeys, matching Spieth's score of 67.

Englishman Paul Kinnear, was another local qualifier and saw six birdies come in his first 11 holes, to pass his American counterpart. But a nightmare finish which saw him drop four shots in his final six holes, sees him trailing at two-under-par.  

Irishman Dunne had a great front nine which saw him make four birdies, but struggled to maintain momentum on the back nine as he finished three-under-par. Scottish Links Champion Romain Langasque also finishes on the same score.  The pair remain Nielbrugge's closest competitors.  

Oliver Schiederjans, the number one ranked amateur in the World will rue a double bogey on the ninth hole, but sits well at two-under-par. Englishman Ashley Chesters earned his place through successfully defending the European Amateur Championship and dropped four shots in the final three holes to finish one-under-par.

Who hasn't faired too well?

David Lingmerth may not be a name on the tips of everyones tongue, but it was after the first nine. A first round of 69 would have pleased the swede before the round had started, but not in the manner it happened.  

The Swede saw himself knocking the flag sticks out in the first half, making seven birdies to go out in 29 strokes.

The weather was still relatively kind on the back nine, but the golfing gods thought Lingmerth was playing a little too well, so they struck with a vengeance. A back nine of 40 strokes will leave a bitter after taste.

Tiger Woods, who had said he could win this week, has shown that he still isn't ready, with just one birdie in a round on 76. He told BBC Sport that his: "game was moving in the right direction" but unfortunately had nothing to show for it, after a torrid mornings efforts.  

Tom Watson isn't on his way to a fairytale, final Open. A very respectable start of being two-under-par through ten holes was washed away with double bogeys at 13, 16 and 17.  Ouch!  

Despite the scores making it look like these top professionals are making mince meat out of the iconic Old Course, the forecast for the week will change things. The Met Office shows "warnings in force" for Fife, where St Andrews is located, with scattered rain and gusts of 41mph. This will make interesting viewing over the next three days.

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