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While Lewis has his whole career in front of him -- he plans to turn pro after the Walker Cup in September -- the other opening-round leader wonders how much longer he can compete at the highest level.
Bjorn had missed the cut in four of five events before he got to Royal St. George's, his game in disarray, his heart heavy after the death of his father.
The 40-year-old Dane put that all aside for one day at least, getting a bit of payback at a course where he threw away a major title eight years ago.
Bjorn had a two-stroke lead with three holes to play at the '03 Open -- "one hand on the trophy," he would say afterward -- but threw it all away at the 16th. He needed three swings to escape a pot bunker, allowing Curtis to steal the claret jug in one of golf's greatest shockers.
On Thursday, Bjorn caught a break at the 16th, a tee shot that appeared headed for the sand taking a fortunate kick toward the flag. Instead of double bogey, he made a birdie.
Through it all, Bjorn insisted that he wasn't looking back.
"That hole owes nobody anything," Bjorn said. "We all know what it's like. A bounce here or there and then it goes either wrong or right."
Bjorn wasn't even in the tournament until Vijay Singh withdrew on Monday, giving the Dane another shot at Royal St. George's. When someone suggested that he might have been better off not playing to avoid memories of his meltdown, Bjorn cut him off.
"A couple of people asked me that question, 'Would you not just want to go home?'" Bjorn said. "This is the Open championship. Where else do you want to be?"
McIlroy, coming off an dominating win in the U.S. Open that made the 22-year-old the centerpiece of this major, rallied from a sloppy start Thursday and had no complaints.
"Anywhere around even par is a good start," McIlroy said.
It didn't feel that way toward the end of the first day.
The morning half of the draw were a combined 223-over par. The afternoon half combined to go only 94 over. There were a dozen rounds in the 60s in the morning, and 23 in the afternoon.
"Looks like the wind gods are having an afternoon tea?" came a tweet from John Daly, who was proud of his 72 in the morning.
The calmer conditions held up Friday morning, but the wind was expected to shift and become more fierce in the afternoon. That figured to help Glover, Clarke and others who got the late-early portion of the tee times.
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