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One to 13 – the Joy of The Open

Will we see another ace?

H1 Hack Pete Richardson is glued to the Open, and what a first day in numbers he witnessed. And some of them looked familiar.

Emiliano Grillo may not win The Open and it’s not often a hole-in-one loses the headlines to a seven, an eight or a 13.

But that’s why The Open is THE golf championship.

Rory stunned the massive Irish crowd on hole one of 72 with his eight. He must have woken up this morning (Friday) wishing it was day one all over again and he could just hit that fairway on number one. Was it all just a bad dream?

No Rory, it was brilliance of links golf and its capacity to make any of us look weak in the face of Mother Nature’s golf designs.

Poor old Rory later missed a tiddler to card a double-bogey, less Mother Nature than Grandpa Grumpy. But not to be outdone, Mother Nature bit him again on the backside on 18th to bookend a horror round.

Not quite as horrible as that of David Duval – but his numbers don’t bare repeating.

Grillo’s, however, warrants a closer look.

His ace on the 194-yard 13th was the first in three years, since South African Louis Oosthuizen made a hole-in-one on the 14th at Royal Troon.

His shot was as beautiful a hole-in-one as you could wish to see as it pitched well short of the hole, rolled forward over a small mound on the left off the green and into the hole.

Go Grillo.

The next three rounds will see more hacks than hero holes-in-one, but will we see another 13?

My money’s on 6s, 7s, and 8s if the Portrush wind blows – and I hope it will. It’s nice to see the greats of the game handing in cards the look like mine.  

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