British Open: Kelly cards 72, tied for 80th

Troy Kelly finished with a 2-over 72 and is tied for 80th after the first round of the British Open. Here’s his scoreboard from Royal Lytham and St. Annes.

He tees off 2:48 a.m. Friday (Pacific) so his round will be over when most of us are drinking our morning coffee. The early tee times enjoyed better weather on Thursday and the scores reflected it.

10:20 a.m (Pacific, 6:20 p.m. in England): Troy Kelly birdies No. 7 and No. 9 and is 1-0ver, tied for 59th after nine holes at the British Open.

Kelly was in the second to last group off the tee. The golfers who went off in the morning played in ideal conditions and the scores reflected it. It’s starting to rain a bit and the wind’s blowing a little more now. The key is staying out of the rough. The greens are relatively flat and the players are making a lot of putts.

Ted Potter Jr., who beat Kelly in a playoff at the Greenbrier Classic two weeks ago, is also 1 over. He’s playing in the group ahead of Kelly.

I think making the cut for Kelly would be huge. To get four rounds under his belt in a major championship would be another step in the right direction for the former Central Kitsap and University of Washington player.

Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley shot even 70 and is currently tied for 37th.

Adam Scott’s the leader at -6 (64) at Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club.

Trivia: Fourteen of the 156 players in the field are from South Africa, ESPN just reported.

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