SWEDISH TEMPER: Henrik Stenson is known to lose his temper on occasion. A week after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship last year, he smashed in his locker at Conway Farms out of fatigue and frustration.
He had a mini-meltdown again on Thursday.
After hitting his tee shot into deep rough left of the 17th fairways, and taking two hacks at it without much progress, the Swede was walking along when he slammed his wedge over his knee and snapped it in two. Bo Jackson would have been proud.
"I didn't see anything. Did you?" Stenson said with a smile when asked which club was broken. "My gap wedge is going to need a little love after lunch."
Stenson has a backup wedge for Friday.
GOOD START: Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton shot a 1-under 71 Thursday in the opening round of the British Open, his first major since he tied for the runner-up spot behind runaway winner Martin Kaymer at last month's U.S. Open.
Compton said he was made to feel right at home in his first British Open.
"It's been pretty calm ... I see smiles and people saying 'good luck'," he said. "But I don't think people really know of me yet."
Compton underwent his first transplant at age 12 due to an inflamed heart muscle and another 16 years later after driving himself to the hospital while having a near-fatal heart attack.
"I'm just a regular guy that has been through some serious stuff and earned a spot to play this year in this tournament," Compton said. "I'm trying to make as much noise as I can. My game, hopefully, will slowly improve during the week."
DIVOTS: An Englishman has not won The Open in England since Tony Jacklin in 1969. The low Englishman after the first round was Ashley Chesters, the European Amateur champion. ... Jim Furyk is playing his first tournament since the U.S. Open. He shot a 68, ending a streak of 15 rounds without breaking par at the British Open. ... Bryden Macpherson of Australia made par on his last four holes for a 49 on the back nine. He shot 90. ... K.J. Choi shot an even-par 72, but there was nothing even about his back nine. He failed to make a single par — four birdies and five bogeys. "Birdie, bogey, birdie, bogey ... I've never had that on my back nine before," Choi said.
Sports Writer Dennis Passa contributed to this report.