Whining starts early at British Open

Tiger Woods of the U.S. hits out of a bunker during the first round of the British Open at...

Tiger Woods of the U.S. hits out of a bunker during the first round of the British Open at Muirfield in Scotland July 18, 2013. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:45 PM ET

This part of the world is known for its single malt whisky, but there were multiple whines at Muirfield after the first round of the British Open Thursday.

The combination of uncharacteristically dry conditions and some tough pin positions made Muirfield a beast for the world’s best players — and that was without the wind whipping the way it can hard by the Firth of Forth.

“Unfortunately, the guys this afternoon will struggle with a few pin positions. 8th hole is a joke, 18th needs a windmill & clown face,” tweeted England’s Ian Poulter after his opening round 1-over-par 72.

American Zach Johnson, coming off a loss in a playoff at the John Deere Classic on the weekend, owns the first-round lead after a 5-under-par 66, one shot ahead of Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain and 56-year-old former Open champ Mark O’Meara from the U.S.A.


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