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148th Open Championship Days One and Two
19 July 2019

148th Open Championship Days One and Two To see all the people coming here, to see how much they put their arms around it, it\'s fabulous. It was amazing. I was very proud to be standing on that first fee, hitting the first shot

Firing the first tee shot at the 148th Open Championship led to a birdie on the first hole on his home course at Royal Portrush. He covered the front nine in 34 and the back nine in 37, finishing with a level par 71.

"It was more emotional than I thought it was going to be, to be honest and I didn't think I'd feel the way I did. But the support, everything from the crowds, just everything about it when I was about to hit my tee shot, wow, it's the Open Championship, we're back in Portrush. To see all the people coming here, to see how much they put their arms around it, it's fabulous. It was amazing. I was very proud to be standing on that first fee, hitting the first shot".

"I knew the golf course was going to be fabulous. It's a proper fair test of golf. The scores are going to show that, not just today but at the end of the week.". 

Asked if he had been to the gym before his 06.35 tee time Darren said "I had to go through it to get into the laundry area to get something, and I did look at it and then I walked on by to my bacon sandwich".

On Friday Darren shot a three over par 74 which missed the cut by two shots.

His next event is the Senior Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes which begins on Thursday.

 


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