DeLaet struggles through first round at Open

Graham Delaet of Canada hits from a bunker on the first hole during the first round of the British...

Graham Delaet of Canada hits from a bunker on the first hole during the first round of the British Open golf Championship at Muirfield in Scotland July 18, 2013. (REUTERS)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:24 PM ET

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - Graham DeLaet’s introduction to major championship golf featured “s---,” a handful of Muirfield’s bunkers, a double-bogey, a trio of three-putts and a couple of spots where the fescue was leaving grass stains on his knuckles.

It all added up to a 5-over-par 76 in the first round of the British Open Thursday for the 31-year-old from Weyburn, Sask., who struck a particularly Canadian image with a white shirt and red pants.

He could have used a little more red on the scoreboard, but Muirfield yielded one birdie to him Thursday, a tap-in at the par-5 ninth.

One of the best ball-strikers on the PGA Tour this season, DeLaet was just a little off Thursday and never seemed to get the pace of the greens. He three-putted the eighth, 14th and 15th holes.

 


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