Tiger Woods took out his driver one time and shot 71, a round slowed by a short putt he missed and a pot bunker he couldn't avoid.
Kevin Kisner of the US plays a shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland on Thursday.
Woods, 42, began his round with two pieces of kinesiology tape adhered to the back of his neck after it felt a little stiff when he woke up, his camp told USA Today's Steve DiMeglio.
He kept the tape on the entire round, although it did not appear to affect his play.
Woods used a conservative strategy off the tee, relying nearly exclusively on long-irons. Another is defending champion Jordan Spieth, who was in range of the lead until he made one mental error and two bad swings while dropping four shots over the last four holes for a 72 that didn't do too much damage.
Woods, 42, is a three-time victor of the Claret Jug and he believes that the unique conditions of links golf could offer him his best chance to add to his haul.
"I don't want to put myself under pressure by saying I am desperate to win but at the same time I know how it feels and I want to have that feeling again", said the world number eight.
Round one of the 2018 Open Championship is in the books and it was a good one.
"The front nine was promising". "Definitely didn't shoot myself out of it, which very easily could have happened".
Brooks Koepka salvaged his first round by shooting 31 on the back nine.
And when it was all added up, an even-par 71 on a day when Carnoustie was there for the taking.
Finau finished in a tie for 18th in his first Open in 2016 at Royal Troon and finished in a tie for 27th previous year at Royal Birkdale.
"Different players are going to have a different way to see how they're going to play this golf course, " McIlroy said. His game, for the most part, seems crisp and he knows as well as anyone what it takes to win an Open on a links golf course.
Stability of sorts was restored at the par-three 8th after he hit his tee shot through the back and did well to save par with a huge lag putt and retain parity but a disastrous double bogey seven at the other par-five, Spectacles, left him chasing his tail. "It's hard for people to understand it, but it's just the nature of this golf course".
Kisner's best score in three previous trips to the British Open was a 69 in the final round past year at Royal Birkdale.
"My fondest memories are with my dad getting to skip church on Sunday to watch the Open", he said, before expressing how much he enjoyed the firm conditions.
"Obviously that brings its own risks but at the same time if you're hitting the ball well, you can get it down there and get a wedge in your hand".
"I was looking for a good par on 18, lucked out and got a good lie and made the putt", he said.