Torrential rain thwarted defending champion, Tony Jacklin as he made a brilliant bid to take the lead on the first day in the British Open Golf Championship at St Andrews today (July 8).
GV PAN St Andrews
SV Tommy Horton (UK) sinks long putt at 16th
LV Neil Coles chips onto green close to flag
SV Coles sinks putt
TV Jacklin drives off on 14th
STV ZOOM OUT Jacklin raises umbrella pull back to show mass of umbrellas & empty course
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Background: Torrential rain thwarted defending champion, Tony Jacklin as he made a brilliant bid to take the lead on the first day in the British Open Golf Championship at St Andrews today (July 8). But for fellow British golfer, Neil Coles, it was a day of magnificent success. He broke the record for the old course by one stroke with a seven-under-par round of 65.
Jacklin was eight-under-par after 13 holes and looked set to topple Neil Coles from his lead when a sudden storm forced play to be abandoned.
Unfinished rounds will be completed tomorrow (July 9) morning before the second round begins.
The course was playing perfectly before the weather broke, and Briton Tommy Horton, rejected by the Ryder Cup Selectors, was playing with great style to become the early championship leader. He went round in six under par.
But Neil Coles, a later starter, was in superb form. With his brilliant round of 65 he smashed Horton's hopes.
It was an exciting first day in the 40,000 sterling tournament.