143rd Open Championship

The Open last took place at Hoylake (Royal Liverpool) in 2006.  The par 72 course has since been extended for this year's event.

Lee's best placing was 2nd in 2010 and he finished in 3rd place (for the third time) last year at Muirfield.

He had a 14.38 tee-time on Thursday with Bradley Keegan (US) and Japan's Ryo Ishikawa. With perfect weather conditions, early players posted low scores, Afternoon players had a blustery wind to contend with. Lee played the front nine in 1-under 34, birdied 10, bogeyed 12 and played the remaining holes in par. His 1-under 71, left him in T33rd position. Rory McIlroy leads on 6-under par.

Lee had an earlier 9.37 start on Friday. Playing in blustery conditions, Lee was among the casualties to miss the cut on +3, following a second round 76.

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