The Latest: Grillo hits hole-in-one at British Open

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Published 2:57 a.m. ET July 18, 2019 | Updated 5:15 a.m. ET July 18, 2019

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The Latest on first round of The British Open (all times local):

10:10 a.m.

Emiliano Grillo hit the first hole-in-one of this year’s British Open.

The 26-year-old Argentine put his shot on the green and it pitched left, rolled down the bank and dropped in the hole on No. 13.

Grillo then threw his ball into the crowd at Royal Portrush.

The hole-in-one put Grillo at even par. He also put up three birdies on the front nine, but a triple bogey on the fourth hole and pair of other bogeys had left him at 2 over.

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9 a.m.

Early sun, clouds, a few raindrops, wind, even a rainbow. Royal Portrush has it all, and the British Open is not even three hours old.

Darren Clarke, who hit the opening tee for the first Open in his native Northern Ireland since 1951, made the turn in a sporty 2-under 34. His only blunder was a shot off the hosel of his club on the par-5 seventh that squirted so far right he had to take an unplayable lie from thick grass. He escaped with a bogey.

Clarke is the only player to have reached 3 under at any point. Two-time Open champion Padraig…

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