Hometown hero in rivalry after Spherical 1 of Open Championship

Matthew Jordan is a Royal Liverpool member and owns the course report, and he did not disappoint in his first spherical of the Open Championship.

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HOYLAKE, England — All of the stress was on Matthew Jordan. Seems it didn’t hassle him.

Jordan, 27, made it into the Open Championship by means of Closing Qualifying two weeks in the past, which made him the one golfer on this week’s subject who is definitely a Royal Liverpool member.

Jordan grew up down the street in West Kirby and lives in Hoylake. He’s the third era of his household to be a member at Royal Liverpool, which is his main place of apply when he’s not taking part in on the DP World Tour. Jordan even owns the course report (62) right here. He’s received native information, certain, however with that comes huge expectations.

He even received the honour of main off The Open, hitting the primary ball of the primary tee time at 6:35 a.m. native. Jordan awoke just a little earlier than 5 a.m., however he had already envisioned what the first-tee expertise can be just like the night time earlier than. He considered going by means of the tunnel, listening to the roar of the group, greeting the starter and shaking fingers along with his taking part in companions.

“I knew the nerves can be there, so I anticipated that,” he stated. “From there on, simply hit it.”

Jordan didn’t disappoint. In entrance of a number of membership members, associates, household and followers rooting for the native angle, Jordan shot a two-under 69 to sit down close to the highest of the leaderboard halfway by means of Day 1. Beginner Christo Lamprecht is the early chief, sitting at 5 underneath. However Jordan, simply three off that tempo, is in a great spot.

He made birdies on 2, 5 and eight on the entrance 9 and made one other on 16.

His expertise was evident in his approaches, as discovering the proper spots on greens is an important element of hyperlinks golf with all of the slopes, swales and runoff areas. There’s nonetheless gamers left to tee off, however Jordan ranks first in strokes gained: method, having gained 3.66 strokes on the sphere. (He’s additionally among the many prime 20 in strokes gained: off the tee.)

Matthew Jordan’s girlfriend, Kate Parry (center), and his mom look on on the first tee on Thursday at The Open.

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One of many larger ovations from the house crowd got here on the controversial par-3 seventeenth gap, when he landed his method 22 ft away from the pin. It wasn’t a very noteworthy shot, however something off that inexperienced is destined for catastrophe. The gallery, ready for his or her first motion of the match, additionally knew who was teeing off. Their roar made Jordan flash a smile.

“I actually didn’t anticipate them to go that loopy,” he stated. “Even after I walked on I used to be smiling and I used to be making an attempt to go, proper, I’ve nonetheless received to hit the shot right here.”

That is Jordan’s third Open at Hoylake, and all three have yielded very completely different experiences. In 2006, when he was 10, he was looking for autographs. In 2014, when he was 18 and a budding expertise, he was impressed to play with these contained in the ropes. Now all that’s on his thoughts is his second-round tee time. He’ll begin at 11:36 a.m. Friday, and he’s anticipating an much more enthusiastic crowd.

“Individuals will most likely have had a number of extra drinks (than in the present day),” he stated. “That’s one factor they couldn’t do is begin ingesting at 6:30. Nicely, possibly my dad was, if he was nervous.”

Josh Berhow

Golf.com Editor

Josh Berhow is the managing editor at GOLF.com. The Minnesota native graduated with a journalism diploma from Minnesota State College in Mankato. You’ll be able to attain him at joshua_berhow@golf.com.

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