Two brilliant birdies, but Coupland finishes day one at The Open one over par

Dave Coupland.
Dave Coupland.
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Dave Coupland finished his first day at The Open one over par.

The Bostonian, who is attached to Woodhall Spa Golf Club, began in confident mood at Royal Troon, hitting a birdie on the par-four second hole.

The 30-year-old remained on -1 until carding consecutive bogeys on the 14th and 15th.

A second birdie on the par-three 17th was a welcome response.

However, he finished his day on +1 after a bogey on the 18th, carding a round of 72.

He will tee off tomorrow at 4,05pm, keen to make the cut.