Former Red Raider golfer Clement Sordet had and up and down day at the first round of the 145th Open Championship on Thursday at Royal Troon Golf Club, in Ayrshire, Scotland.
Sordet is 12 strokes behind leader Phil Mickleson, came within a lip-out of golf history Thursday, shooting an 8-under-par 63. Mickelson, 46, who won The Open at Muirfield three years ago, had an 18-footer for birdie at the 18th that appeared to be going in, cut the right lip and spun out. No player has ever shot 62 in a major championship.
Meanwhile, Sordet, who was sparked by a third-round 63 at the Thailand Golf Championship in December to earn qualification for the Open Championship, shot a 4-over.
Sordet was 2-under going into the eighth, but came out even after hitting double bogey on the par-3 hole. He continued to struggle on the back nine, bogeying the 12th and 13th holes. He followed those with a birdie on 14, but then immediately had his worst hole of the day with a triple bogey on 15. He parred the final three holes to finish the day with a 75.
Sordet is the second Red Raider in as many years to make the field at a major golf championship. He joins Matias Dominguez, who participated in the 2015 Masters.
Sordet has two career Challenge Tour wins, most recently at the Turkish Airlines Challenge, where he posted four sub-70 rounds on his way to the title. Despite only being a professional for a year, he has already cracked the top 200 of the Official World Golf Rankings (197).
As a Red Raider, Sordet became one of America’s top collegiate golfers as he won five collegiate titles, which is tops in school history. Sordet was named a second team All-American in 2015, after completing a season with a school-record stroke average of 70.9.
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OUT 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN TOT
Par 4 4 4 5 3 5 4 3 4 36 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 35 71
Score 4 4 3 5 3 5 3 5 4 36 4 4 5 5 2 7 5 3 4 39 75