The 141st Open Championship is underway at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, providing yet another test for the theory that the outcome of major championships now is basically random; Darren Clarke was ranked 98th in the world when he registered a victory at the Open last year. So, while fans will be hoping for a Sunday showdown featuring Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, or Bubba Watson and Luke Donald, recent records suggest even Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, who is ranked 87 at the moment, is perfectly capable of triumphing.
Day 1 Round-up:
Adam Scott, ranked 13 in the world, equalled the course record to establish a one-shot lead after Thursday's play at the Championship. The Australian shot eight birdies in a round of 64 which saw him sit on top of the leaderboard with a six-under-par 64. Scotland's Paul Lawrie, Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts and USA's Zach Johnson are tied for second on five-under, while fellow American, Brandt Snedeker, is four-under following a round of 66.
Tiger Woods, meanwhile, got off to a good start with four birdies in seven holes but somewhere along the way the three-time Open champion lost focus and finished with three-under for 67. He is tied for sixth alongside a host of players including fellow American and Masters champion Bubba Watson and Irish duo Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.
World number one Luke Donald endured a difficult day out on the course after an early birdie was cancelled by a bogey on the 18th to put him on level par. However, it was a worse day for fellow Englishman and world number three Lee Westwood, who carded a double-bogey on the third on his way to a three-over round of 73.
After day one, the Championship remains wide open. Scott entered the clubhouse early and remains the lone leader but that does not mean his lead is safe by any means. Lawrie, Colsaerts, Johnson trail by just one stroke and favourites - Woods and McIlroy - along with Watson and McDowell sit just three strokes behind in a tie for sixth place.
Player to watch out for: Colsaerts
While it's tough to bet against Scott at the moment, Colsaerts looked really impressive on Thursday. The Belgian led the field in greens in regulation and if he continues to do that on Friday and starts hitting more putts, he will put together at least another round of 65. The 29 year old has had a good run of late, finishing 27th in the US Open - just his third major ever.
Where to Watch Live:
TV: Watch the Open Championship live from 9.00am to 8.00pm on BBC Two and BBC HD.
Online: If your cable or satellite provider has the service, you can also use ESPN3, which should also have an available replay.
Updates: You can also follow all the action here. If you're on the go and have no time to watch the Open, download the official 2012 Open Championship app for your iPhone, iPad or Android device to get mobile coverage. There's also the Open Championship scoreboard that provides you with all the latest updates.
Day 1 Leaderboard:
Position Player Score
1 Adam Scott -6
T2 Paul Lawrie -5
T2 Zach Johnson -5
T2 Nicolas Colsaerts -5
5 Brandt Snedeker -4
T6 Bubba Watson -3
T6 Tiger Woods -3
T6 Rory McIlroy -3
T6 Graeme McDowell -3
T6 Ernie Els -3
T6 Toshinori Muto -3
T6 Peter Hanson -3
T6 Steve Stricker -3