Lloyd Saltman: First two drives out of bounds at Muirfield
Lloyd Saltman was relieved just to break 80 after suffering the worst possible start to his Open Championship campaign at Muirfield.
The Scot, playing in the first group out with Peter Senior and Oliver Fisher, carved his first two tee shots into the hospitality area to the right of the fairway.
The 27-year-old Scot managed to get his third ball in play, but after finding the green and two putting he signed for a horrible quadruple-bogey eight.
The 2005 leading amateur recovered with birdies at the third and fourth, but he dropped four shots in a row from the seventh and two further bogeys coming in added up to an eight-over 79.
"I knew it was going to be a battle from the start," said Saltman. "You can't miss it big here, you have to get it in play and I didn't do that today.
"After that it was keep going down or try to fight back. I am not pleased with the score but I am always pleased with the way I try and play; I'm never going to give up and I am happy to break 80."
Asked if he had ever hit his first two shots out of bounds before, Saltman added: "No, but it's not the first time I've hit three tee shots on the same hole in the Open.
"I hit three on the 17th tee at St Andrews (in 2005) but thankfully found the irst one."