SOUTHPORT, England - Vijay Singh couldn't find too many words to describe his opening round at the Open Championship on Thursday, so he settled for just one and used it repeatedly.
"It was miserable, miserable, miserable weather," said the world number 10. "It was just a miserable day."
Touted as one of the favorites in the absence of You Know Who, Singh virtually shot himself out of the tournament on day one with a 10-over-par round of 80, which included an 8-over-par 42 on the front nine. Playing through the worst of the morning weather, the three-time major winner opened with a double-bogey on the first hole. Starting on the fifth hole, he began an ugly run of seven consecutive bogeys. He hit just six greens on the day in regulation. His lone birdie came at the par-5 17th hole.
"You got rain blowing sideways, it was cold, it was windy and I didn't play badly," he said. "I just couldn't stand over a putt and have a comfortable putt. I was always on the defense. You need some momentum and when you don't get any that's what happens."
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