SOUR END TO SWEDE START
DAVID Lingmerth started the British Open by tying a scoring record on the front nine. He looked like a totally different player on the back side.
The Swede birdied the first four holes on the way to a seven-under 29 at the turn. That tied the best nine-hole score posted during an Open at St Andrews, matching Tony Jacklin’s 1970 mark.
On the return leg, Lingmerth couldn’t keep it going. Not even close.
He bogeyed the 11th, 14th and 15th holes, then took a double-bogey at the 17th after hitting his second into the Road Hole bunker. Hitting out with his back to the flag, he three-putted for a six.
Lingmerth made a birdie at 18, signing for a 69.