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The Australians were in the mix early in the Open with Min Woo Lee and Cameron Smith each leading in points in their opening rounds.

Lee held the absolute lead at four under thanks to an eagle on the 12th, before finishing with a three under 69.

Smith birdied the lead, a long bomb among four on his first 10 holes to reach four under.

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Fellow countryman Brad Kennedy entered the fray going four-under-six in a blistering start.

Lucas Herbert had been two under on four holes before a bogey on the sixth, although he birdied on the ninth to get back there.

Norway’s Viktor Hovland was forced to strike back from a bunker in a horrific situation in the fourth.

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SMITH HOPE TO AVOID ‘JINX’

Australia’s top-ranked men’s golfer, Cameron Smith, has said he will enter this year’s Open Championship in a strong position after regaining some form after a mid-season slump.

After winning the Players Championship and closing in on the Masters, the world No. 6 cooled off without a top-10 finish in his next seven events, including missing the cut at the US Open the month last.

But Smith broke that streak at the perfect time last week, when he shot three rounds of 68 or better to finish tied for 10th at the Scottish Open.

“I don’t want to jinx it, but I feel pretty good,” Smith told reporters on Wednesday. “The game feels good and I had a great weekend at the Scottish Open.

“It was good to see a few putts down and some low numbers over the weekend. I hope I can do it.

By his own assessment, Smith has “played the best golf of his life” this year and is no stranger to battling majors with four top-five finishes since his debut in 2015.

This, however, will be his first competitive trip to St Andrews where he says he has long thought about lifting the Claret Jug.

“I love golf. It would be great to win an Open here,” he said. “I think it’s everyone’s dream to win an Open at St Andrews.”

Smith started in an all-star group at 5:03 p.m. (AEST) with four-time major champion Brooks Koepka and Ireland’s Seamus Power.

He got his first lap on the track early sink a long putt on the second hole.

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AMERICAN VILLAIN ‘TROLLING’

Finally, a little publicity for LIV Golf.

American Villain Patrick Reed let everyone know where his loyalty now lies as he went on his first round.

Reed wore not just one LIV logo, but two, thanks to his hat and collar.

There are 24 Saudi rebel league players in this year’s Open, with the group barred from PGA Tour events but not by the R&A.

Reed’s best result at the Open is 10th in 2019.

Where does Patrick Reed still play?Source: FOX SPORTS

BRYSON LEFT

With just two days to go before the Open begins, Bryson DeChambeau has reportedly been dumped by sponsor Bridgestone for his ties to LIV Golf.

DeChambeau competed last month at the LIV Golf event in Portland, going against the wishes of the PGA Tour and earning an indefinite ban from competing.

To make matters worse for the 2020 US Open champion, Bridgestone sided with the PGA Tour and therefore cut DeChambeau.

“The PGA Tour is an extremely important part of professional golf, and Bridgestone has a sports marketing relationship with this highly visible tournament series,” Bridgestone said in a statement to Golf.com.

“Considering that Bryson DeChambeau will no longer be attending these events, Bridgestone and Bryson have agreed to end their brand ambassador partnership.”

DeChambeau signed with Bridgestone in 2016 and started using his golf balls in his breakthrough year of 2020.

He also already lost his sponsorship with Rocket Mortgage for joining LIV Golf.

Bryson DeChambeau has been dumped by sponsor Bridgestone for his ties to LIV Golf.Source: AFP

TIGER “CAN WIN THIS THING”

Meanwhile, former Masters champion Fred Couples thinks his longtime friend Tiger Woods isn’t just competing at the Open to catch up on the numbers.

Speaking on Sirius XM on Wednesday, Couples said: “I talk to him every night and when he tells me things, you know, some of them are top secret. But when he talks about his game he says, ‘I’m piloting it. really, really good. I put it well.

“And again, at St. Andrews, if he does his thing, he’s one of the best iron players to ever play, if not the best. And if he doesn’t turn four irons into a par four, but has nines and corners, I honestly think he knows he can win this thing.

Woods played 58 practice holes leading to the major, which is a good sign of the condition of his leg which he horribly injured in a car accident last year.

Woods withdrew from the PGA Championship after three rounds due to his leg, then skipped the US Open to prepare for the Open.

Fred Couples says Tiger Woods can win at St. Andrews.Source: Getty Images

HOW TO WATCH

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AUSTRALIAN FIRST ROUND START TIMES (AEST)

3:35 p.m. Min Woo LeeWebb Simpson, Paul Lawrie

4:30 p.m. Lucas HerbertPhil Mickelson, Kurt Kityama

5:03 p.m. Cameron SmithBrooks Koepka, Seamus Power

6:25 p.m. Brad KennedyErnie Els, Adri Arnaus

7:53 p.m. Anthony QuayleZander Lombard, John Parry

8:36 p.m. Jed MorganRyan Fox, Mark Calcavecchia

10:15 p.m. Adam Scott, Marc LeishmanDustin Johnson

11:15 p.m. Jason ScrivenerShugo Imahira, David Law

00:43 Dimitrios Papadatos, Matt GriffinLaurie Canter

Other highlights

4:52 p.m. John Daly, Bryson DeChambeau, Cameron Tringale

6:58 p.m. Collin Morikawa, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

7:09 p.m. Shane Lowry, Justin Thomas, Viktor Hovland

7:20 p.m. Will Zalatoris, Hideki Matsuyama, Tony Finau

10:26 p.m. Scottie Scheffler, Joaquin Niemann, Tyrrell Hatton

11:59 PM Tiger Woods, Matt Fitzpatrick, Max Homa

00:10 Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, Harold Varner III

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