American Mark O'Meara, the winner at Birkdale in 1998, hit the first tee shot but ended up with a quadruple-bogey eight.
The world's top-ranked golfer will begin his Open Championship bid paired with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and South Africa's Charles Schwartzel.
The current boom in women's golf in the country has been a long time coming.
Golf legend Tiger Woods says he has completed an "intensive" program to help him manage his use of pain medication and deal with a sleep disorder.
Woods was arrested for driving while intoxicated last month after cops found him asleep behind the wheel of his car.
American golfer Brooks Koepka won his first career major on Sunday at the U.S. Open with a record-tying 16-under at Erin Hills.
World number-nine Rickie Fowler, looking to follow Masters champion Sergio Garcia's example by winning his first major, leapt into an early lead Thursday at the U.S. Open with a bogey-free 7-under 65 on the first day.
Tiger Woods attributed an "unexpected reaction" to prescription medicine for his arrest on a DUI charge that landed him in a Florida jail Monday for nearly four hours.
Japan's Ai Miyazato says she has decided to quit the LPGA Tour at the end of the season because she lost her motivation for the sport after years of struggling to win again.
Tiger Woods said he had fusion surgery on his back because he could no longer tolerate the pain, and that he wants to get back on the PGA Tour.