The Open: Willett makes good start at Carnoustie

Danny Willett in action at The Open
Danny Willett in action at The Open
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Danny Willett was pleased with his morning's work as he made an impressive start to The Open at Carnoustie.

Willett carded a two-under-par 69 as one of the early pace-setters on Thursday morning.

Though his score was hit with two bogeys on the final two holes, the Sheffield golfer was happy to make a positive start.

"I played some pretty solid golf really, some missed opportunities coming down the stretch and a couple of silly ones on the last two," Willett said.

"The golf course is gettable. Conditions have been perfect over the last couple of days. They're trying to get it a little firmer on the greens and it was today.

"You'll see some good scores but 69, it's nice enough score for the first round of The Open."

Willett began his morning with a bogey but three consecutive birdies on four, five and six put him in a strong position.

He looked set for a sensational start after birdies on ten and 13 before the disappointing conclusion to his round.

The 30-year-old was particularly pleased with his putting after switching back to a more conventional grip.

"It was more for pace, especially when the greens are a little slower that we play," he said.

"I rolled it good for the most part today, a couple of missed opportunities and a couple of three whacks in there."

Willett is on his most constistent run of form in 18 months but says he is still waiting for all aspects of his game to click back into place.

He said: "Everything, in each piece, in the game is kind of there or thereabouts. I'm just waiting to put them all together at the same time but there's definitely a lot of progress."

Willett will begin his second round at 11.58am on Friday.

Kevin Kisner is the early clubhouse leader on -5.