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Adam Scott hits fan, Lucas Herbert implodes

The Australians joined golf’s big guns by failing to fire during round one of the Open at Hoylake, with the top of the leaderboard loaded with lesser-known names instead.

South African amateur Christo Lamprecht and Emiliano Grillo are joint leaders with Tommy Fleetwood, closely followed by Antoine Rozner, Adrian Otaegui and Brian Harman.

Several Aussies are still in the mix after Thursday’s action, but none of the 10-player contingent fired an under-par round.

The best were young gun Min Woo Lee and Lucas Herbert who were both even-par, while Cameron Smith, Adam Scott and Jason Day were all one shot further back.

Further down the list are Haydn Barron (3+), Harrison Crowe (5+), Connor McKinney (5+), David Micheluzzi (6+) and Travis Smyth (7+).

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Lucas Herbert had a hole to forget after hitting the lead.
Lucas Herbert had a hole to forget after hitting the lead.Source: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Scott’s round included a wayward shot on the 18th tee that floored a fan and left him bloodied.

The victim was revealed as local brewery owner Christopher Ineson, who took the day off work to watch the golf — but didn’t heed calls of “fore” before he was struck.

“I heard the shout of ‘fore’ and everyone ducked. I saw my mate duck and then it hit me right on the back of the head,” he told The Telegraph.

His friend Rob Tuffnell added: “It sounded like a golf ball hitting mud or playdough.”

According to the publication, he was left with a 3cm gash on the back of his head.

For his troubles, Scott offered a sincere apology and presented him with a signed glove.

The tee shot was the moment it all unravelled late for Scott, who was towards the top of the leaderboard heading to the 16th.

The 2013 Masters champion was two-under for the day but he made bogey on 16 before a double bogey at the last saw him finish the day over-par.

Earlier, Herbert was briefly leading the major after making an eagle at 15 that moved him to three-under.

However, the 27-year-old threw it all back just two holes later with a disastrous triple bogey on 17.

Herbert missed the small putting surface to the left, before his second shot ran through the green and into the perilous coffin bunker on the right.

He took two shots to escape that bunker before eventually settling for a six on the card.

By comparison, Lee’s even-par round featured a double bogey early, but he only had one other blemish to go along with three birdies.

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