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In pictures: The Open starts bright and early at Troon

Troon Golf Club
Troon Golf Club

IT’S considered a great honour to be the first to tee off at The Open, like Colin Montgomerie did this morning.

Of course, with a 6.35am start it also means a shockingly early alarm call – but these pictures show why it’s worth the effort to be among the first on the course.

The last hint of sunrise still hangs in the air.

Colin Montgomerie tees off at the Open
Colin Montgomerie tees off (David Davies/PA)

The early morning mist makes everything look more dramatic.

Harris English tees off at The Open
Harris English tees off (Danny Lawson/PA)

And the lengthy shadows do the same.

Shadows on the 18th green at The Open
Shadows on the 18th green (Peter Byrne/PA)

The sky is blue.

Jon Rahm tees off at The Open
Jon Rahm (David Davies/PA)

And so is the sea.

Colin Montgomerie tees off at The Open
Colin Montgomerie tees off (Peter Byrne/PA)

Very blue!

Jeunghun Wang tees off at the Open
Jeunghun Wang tees off (Danny Lawson/PA)

The greens are unspoiled.

Darren Clarke lines up a putt at The Open
Darren Clarke lines up a putt (Peter Byrne/PA)

Of course, it helps if you happen to be playing on one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world.

Even the canine spectators are enjoying it!


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