British Open: 5 Ams struggle in weather
17 Jul 2008
see also: Royal Birkdale Golf Club


SOUTHPORT, England (July 17, 2008)--The howling winds and driving rain that led to some of the highest opening-round scores ever for a host of the world's top golfers was just as tough on the five amateurs in the field at Royal Birkdale, site of the 2008 British Open.

England's Chris Wood was one of the lucky ones with an afternoon tee time, when the conditions had died down. The former Welsh Stroke Play champion leads the ams with a final score of 4-over 74, good for a tie for 39th.

Thomas Sherreard, the second English amateur in the field and a former two-time British Boys Championship winner, was next at 7-over 77.

Rounding out the amateur field is Australia's Rohan Blizard (78), France's Benjamin Hebert (79) and Netherland's Reiner Saxton (80).

U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate joins Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and Australia's Robert Allenby as the first day leaders at 1-under-69.

ABOUT THE British Open

The most coveted trophy in the game and one of the most iconic in all of sport: more commonly referred to as the Claret Jug. Within minutes of winning the British Open, the "Champion Golfer of the World" gets his name engraved on that cup, and a place in golfing history.

Amateurs have played an important role in the tournament over the years, with players like Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, and more recently Tom Lewis stepping into the international limelight with their golfing performances.

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Results For British Open Championship
Place  PtsScores
T5EnglandChris WoodEngland160075-70-73-72--290
T19EnglandTom SherreardEngland80077-69-76-72--294

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