Sheffield’s Danny Willett is tied for second at The Open, after a superb opening round at St Andrews.
He shot a six under par round of 66, and sits in a group of six golfers one shot behind leader Dustin Johnson.
The day began brilliantly, with three consecutive birdies, before an eagle at the 10th pushed him up the leaderboard.
Willett dropped a shot at 11, but picked up more birdies at 13 and the last.
He said he felt his game was in good shape to challenge for a major title.
“I hit some pretty solid golf shots.
“To go three under on the back nine is pretty good.
“It was tough (in the wind), but luckily we had the ball flight under control.
“My golf game is good enough, but as everyone knows in a major you need a little bit of luck on your side and if it’s your week it’s your week.”
But the 27-year-old is making no predictions, admitting tomorrow’s adverse forecast could play a big part in proceedings.
“The wind out there today, you can play it, it’s playable.
“(Tomorrow) if it’s Armageddon weather, it’s raining and gets a bit worse then it’s a bit of a lottery.”
Willett tees off at 8.11am tomorrow, when the forecast is for rain and winds up to 20mph.