Georgiou Plays Well in First Round of The Open Championship
Lytham St. Annes, England – Playing in his first career PGA Tour event on one of the biggest stages in professional golf, former Columbus State University golfer Andrew Georgiou shot a four-over par 74 in the 141st Open Championship at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on Thursday afternoon.
Having a bit of a tough draw with a late afternoon start, the 26-year old South African showed some nerves on the first two holes posting back-to-back bogeys.
Georgiou would then calm by paring the next three holes before his biggest mistake of the day.
On the par-four sixth, Georgiou double-bogeyed sending him to four-over par after six holes.
However, the former Cougar played a great stretch of golf after that birding holes seven and eight before stringing together eight consecutive pars to head into the final two holes two-over par.
To close out his day, Georgiou bogeyed both the 17th and 18th to fall back to four-over par.
Georgiou landed on 11 out of the possible 18 greens in regulation and managed to hit eight out of the possible 14 fairways.
Adam Scott holds the day one lead after firing a six-under par 64 which tied the course record at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. It is the first time that Scott holds a day one lead at a PGA Major Championship.
Georgiou will begin the second round in a tie for 115th place out of 156 golfers as he tees off at 5:37 a.m. eastern time (10:37 a.m. local time) tomorrow morning. Georgiou is tied with former Masters champion and brother of current Columbus State head golf coach, Trevor Immelman and former world number one player and the 2001 Open champion, David Duval.
The projected cut line is currently one-over par as the top 70 scorers advance to the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday.