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Bogeyman catches up with Barry Lane at start of The Open
10:32am Friday 20th July 2012 in Sport
Veteran Barry Lane admitted to first-tee nerves after having the honour of starting The Open at Royal Lytham.
The 52-year-old is playing in his 15th championship but he had never been first man out before.
He began badly with a bogey on the opening par-three, regaining that shot with a birdie at the second but then double-bogeying the next on his way to a three-over 73.
And although he described himself as a ‘morning person’ he felt the 4am alarm call was probably just a little too early.
“It is a great privilege and to hit the first tee shot was very nice - it is something to tell your grandkids,” he said.
“I was actually a little bit nervous. There was a lot of people here at 6.30am which was fantastic, and I just wanted to hit the green.
“I’ve got up at 4am to catch flights but I’ve never got up at 4am to play golf.”