PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The Latest on first round of The British Open (all times local):
Graeme McDowell had to wipe a tear from his eye when he teed off in his hometown at the British Open.
That gave way to frustration at the end of his round.
McDowell, born and raised in Portrush and a member at adjacent Rathmore Golf Club, was one shot out of the early lead when he three-putted for bogey on the 15th and dropped another shot on the 17th. Then, he sent his drive well to the right on the 18th hole into grass so thick that he never found the golf ball in the three minutes allowed for the search.
He went back to the tee for his third shot and missed a 7-foot putt to take triple bogey.
On the leaderboard for so much of his round, he signed for a 73.
Shane Lowry has set the early target in the British Open with a 4-under 67, eight shots lower than his best opening round in the other three majors this year. And making it extra special was doing it on Irish soil.
Among those one shot behind was Dylan Frittelli, the last man to qualify for the Open by winning the John Deere Classic. He was joined by Sergio Garcia, Webb Simpson and Alex Noren, along with…