9 pictures from The Open first round which prove early-morning golf is a beautiful thing


It's considered a great honour to be the first to tee off at The Open, like Colin Montgomerie did this morning.

Of course, with a 6.35am start it also means a shockingly early alarm call - but these pictures show why it's worth the effort to be among the first on the course.

1. The last hint of sunrise still hangs in the air.

Colin Montgomerie tees off at the Open
(David Davies/PA)

2. The early morning mist makes everything look more dramatic.

Harris English tees off at The Open
(Danny Lawson/PA)

3. And the lengthy shadows do the same.

Shadows on the 18th green at The Open
(Peter Byrne/PA)

4. The sky is blue.

Jon Rahm tees off at The Open
(David Davies/PA)

5. And so is the sea.

Colin Montgomerie tees off at The Open
(Peter Byrne/PA)

6. Seriously, look how blue that water is.

Jeunghun Wang tees off at the Open
(Danny Lawson/PA)

7. Everyone looks seriously cool in silhouette.

Luke Donald tees off at The Open
(David Davies/PA)

8. And of course the earlier you're out, the more unspoiled the greens are.

Darren Clarke lines up a putt at The Open
(Peter Byrne/PA)

9. Of course, it helps if you happen to be playing on one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world.

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