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All instances talked about are UK

  1. Put up update

    Alex Bysouth

    BBC Sport at Royal Portrush

    There’s a true buzz around this Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka pairing. A ramification of followers jostling to gain a explore of 2013 US Initiate winner Rose and the American world indispensable Koepka.

    You’d like one or both to make a flee right here in prime scoring stipulations.

  2. Trusty initiate

    Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka gain their rounds up and working with accurate pars on the indispensable, neither taking any early risks. There would possibly be a legitimate crowd following these two, unsurprisingly.

  3. Take for Westy?

    Lee Westwood begins at 15:40 at -7

    Meghan MacLaren

    Females European Tour participant and BBC Radio 5 Live pundit

    Lee Westwood smiling

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    He talked relating to the incontrovertible truth that he used to be appropriate going out to revel in himself. Taking the stress off has obviously helped. It jogs my reminiscence of when his perfect mate Darren Clarke obtained The Initiate in 2011. You never know.

  4. ‘Westwood’s in invent and has what it takes’

    Westwood -7 (15:40)

    Thomas Bjorn

    European Tour participant and BBC pundit

    Lee Westwood being in rivals when he’s working
    out of possibilities to fetch a serious would be a truly neatly-liked champion. He’s one in all the
    simplest gamers on this planet now not to non-public obtained a serious championship and from
    the coronary heart I would favor to explore him lifting the Claret Jug on Sunday.

    He has all
    the qualities, he’s so perfect tee to green however customarily his striking on the golf green
    lets him down. He’s striking neatly this week and there’s no motive he can’t
    be standing there with the trophy on Sunday if he can attend that invent going

    Lee Westwood all the contrivance thru a be aware spherical at Portrush

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  5. Recent leaderboard

    Lend a hand up to this point with the present leaderboard by clicking the link on the tip of this page.

    The Initiate leaderboard

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  6. Fireworks on the indispensable

    Rose (-6), Koepka (-5)

    Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka on the indispensable tee

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    Touchy skies above because the blockbuster pairing of world indispensable Brooks Koepka and world number four Justin Rose tee off.

    A few early birdies and Rose would possibly be up among the leaders.

  7. Byeong-Hun An is having a dream of a day up to now – the 27-300 and sixty five days outdated sinks his fourth birdie of the spherical on the par four eighth.

    Byeong Hun An

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  8. South Africans to make a charge?

    Frittelli -5, Van Rooyen -4 (1)

    Alex Bysouth

    BBC Sport at Royal Portrush

    Erik van Rooyen

    Copyright: Reuters

    Now, every major we play a fantasy golf sport with about 60 company and family. Make a choice six gamers from totally different classes and your prime three’s mixed receive presents you your points.

    My picks have a tendency to fall away spectacularly on Saturday and Sunday, or appropriate fail to make the slash fully – treasure this week. To make issues worse in the speed for family bragging rights my mom-in-law on the 2d leads the contrivance in which with Spieth, Westwood and Van Rooyen.

    So sorry Erik, however I’m hoping you hit one thing treasure Rory’s Thursday morning invent…

    On a serious camouflage, he’s out with fellow South African Dylan Frittelli, who potentially didn’t request to make The Initiate initiate listing never mind aloof be right here on the weekend. He obtained a first PGA title on the John Deere Fundamental final weekend to procure a slack space and has carried that sizzling trudge to Northern Eire with him.

  9. Spieth on the course

    Spieth -5 (1)

    Jordan Spieth

    Copyright: Reuters

    After making appropriate five fairways the day earlier to this Jordan Spieth would possibly be hoping for greater these days. He’s appropriate obtained his third spherical up and working, starting up the day three pictures off the lead. A par on the indispensable for the 2017 champion.

  10. Lend a hand and volley?

    Alex Bysouth

    BBC Sport at Royal Portrush

    Swing zone

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    The day earlier to this, Tim Henman and Brian O’Driscoll popped into the Swing Zone to fulfill 14-300 and sixty five days-outdated Rory – he’s a fervent golfer and has Cerebral Palsy so strikes the ball one handed.

    That used to be the grief for Tim and Brian as they took Rory on in the spectator village, the assign the Golf Foundation has been net hosting tri-golf events as a scheme of encouraging formative years to soak up the sport.

    The purpose used to be to chip the ball and hit targets on the wall, however the carrying stars had been no match for Rory as his wedge proved hotter than namesake McIlroy’s putter on Friday.


    Copyright: BBC Sport


    Copyright: BBC Sport

  11. Tweet, tweet

    Noren -5 (4), Rahm -5 (2)

    Sweden’s Alex Noren sends down a prolonged birdie from the fringe of the undulating fourth green. The tempo used to be such that had it been astray he’d non-public flown past the opening – however it absolutely rattles in!

    Two holes abet, Jon Rahm misses an eagle probability however makes no mistake with the birdie try from terminate vary to also streak to five below.

  12. WATCH: ‘You little beauty’ – McDowell hits methodology to within a few toes

    McDowell -2 (68)

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    Video caption: ‘You little beauty’ – McDowell hits methodology to within a few toes

    The locals enjoyed this one. Home favourite Graeme McDowell enjoyed a solid enact to his spherical.

    After a birdie on the 17th he hit a gleaming methodology on the final to three toes to briefly streak into the tip-30, having been in the third neighborhood out in the morning having appropriate made Friday’s slash on one over.

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    BBC Radio 5 Live

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  14. Rahm and Reed describe neatly-liked

    Rahm -5, Reed -4 (2)

    Alex Bysouth

    BBC Sport at Royal Portrush

    Irish Initiate champion Jon Rahm salutes the team on the indispensable tee

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    A ramification of people non-public been talking up Jon Rahm this week because the Spaniard has invent on Irish links lessons – having obtained this 300 and sixty five days’s Irish Initiate, to add to his 2017 victory – a couple of “streak on, Jon boy” shouts following him around.

    It’s also been attention-grabbing to listen to Patrick Reed’s reception – the American isn’t constantly neatly-liked and had some fiery battles with residence favourite Rory McIlroy on the Ryder Cup about a years abet, however appears to be like to non-public obtained a elegant perfect reception from the Northern Irish crowd.

  15. WATCH: Aaron Wise eagles the 2d

    Wise -3 (9)

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    Video caption: Aaron Wise eagles the 2d
  16. Koreans on the charge

    Park -5 (10)

    There are two South Koreans in the upper reaches of the leaderboard now, as Sang-Hyun Park will doubtless be playing a legitimate third spherical. The 36-300 and sixty five days-outdated sinks a prolonged birdie on the tenth to streak four below for the day.

  17. Put up update

    Johnson -4 (3)

    Having appropriate nailed a birdie on the 2d, Dustin Johnson presents himself a golden opportunity to straight add any other by putting his methodology shot to within six toes of the opening on the par-three third. His putter lets him down, although, because the ball kisses the fringe of he gap and the has to resolve for a par.

    Dustin Johnson on the third gap

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  18. Royal Portrush aerial ogle

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    Royal Portrush is an improbable links golf course so we resolve to know what are your experiences of links golf? Balls on the beach? Horizontal rain? Gale power winds? Trim sunshine? Lost balls in double figures? Holes in one? Send us your simplest tales and pictures to #bbcgolf.

  19. Taking part in with the Portrush pro

    Waring +5 (74)

    Paul Waringused to be first out of the hutch this morning. He used to be imagined to be offering some knowledgeable prognosis for BBC Radio 5 Live this week however he qualified for the The Initiate with a closing-gap birdie on the Irish Initiate a few weeks ago.

    And since 73 gamers made the slash, he had no playing accomplice so Royal Portrush head legitimate Gary McNeill equipped some firm.

    Waring shot a four-over 75 and is five over for the tournament. He would possibly presumably well honest now not be first out on Sunday because fellow Englishman Ashton Turner is on the 2d propping up the leaderboard on seven over.

    McNeill, incidentally, gave BBC Sport hisinisght into playing a spherical at Portrush

    Paul Waring walks off the indispensable tee with his caddie and marker Gary McNeill

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    Affirm caption: Paul Waring walks off the indispensable tee with his caddie and marker Gary McNeill
  20. Byeong-Hun An drops a 2d birdie in a row on the fifth, the use of the contours to perfection to explore the ball appropriate descend in.

    The Korean’s birdie is met with digital silence – however which would possibly presumably well honest be since the slope of the golf green prevented the team from seeing it – or they’re appropriate a noteworthy crowd…