SANDWICH, England: JERRY Kelly's love affair with links golf lasted precisely one hole yesterday as he started the British Open with a nightmare 11.
The American did not lose a ball like Tiger Woods at the 442 yards par-four hole, nor did he hit it out of bounds.
But he found himself hacking around in the thick rough that punishes errant drives and was slapped with a one-stroke penalty drop when his ball found an unplayable lie.
Kelly finally staggered onto the green and brought sympathetic applause from the crowd when he sank a 15-footer for seven-over par.
His Open hopes in tatters, Kelly had bogeys at the third and fourth holes as he covered the front nine in 45.
And it got no better for the 36-year-old, playing in his fourth British Open, on the back nine with one double-bogey seven and four bogeys as he came in with a 15-over-par 86.
Kelly's playing partners – Rory Sabbatini and Hideto Tanihara of Japan – fared little better as the three came in with a staggering aggregate score of 31 over par on a windy day.
Barring a miracle, none will be around for the weekend. – AFP