Morning folks. Sun cream packed, plenty of fluid and some long nails to chew on. Who's up for some golf?
Quite a start for the legend with the cigar Miguel Angel Jimenez. A pair of birdies in his first two holes. And England's Oliver Fisher is also on -2 after seven holes.
Golf a proper sport? Who said anything about proper sport. Small ball. Hitting it with a stick into a hole. Sounds a ridiculous sport doesn't it?
So who's your money on? Justin Rose to keep firing them in? Tiger's favourite - he always is isn't he? Reckon he'll be up there? Reckon Nick Faldo could repeat his Muirfield glory from 21 years ago?
And Ernie....Ernie Els. Heard a magic interview with him last night on the wireless...this boy's relaxed and could be a proper threat. 2002: Els Open champion. 2012: Els Open champion. 2013:? All thoughts please......USE COMMENTS BOX or get tweeting @msnsport I'd love to hear from you
Couple of interesting tweets from the boy Poulter. He's off at 0922 and yep, the tartan troosers will be in full flow by all accounts. Love em or hate em?
It only seems like yesterday when Justin rose was holding that US Open trophy. Well he's back and striding onto the first tee. He's got every chance hasn't he?
And you know that Jimenez character I was talking about a few minutes ago? -2 after two....wind the clock forward to NOW and he's -4 after five. El scorchio.
It's 25 degrees around the Edinburgh area, light winds, blue skies....sun cream is the order of the day, rather than the woollies..lovely. How are we doing?
Rose finds the light rough on the first and it's time for that hulk of a man Ernie Els cranking up his wood....and his ball skips along the edge nicely on the right. Steady stuff.
45 players out on the course. Person sitting proudly at the foot of the leaderboard? It's Scotland's Lloyd Saltman started his event with two balls into hospitality and began with an ugly 8 on the card. Two more birdies, four more bogeys and he's on +6.
It's all about the rough at Muirfield and Els has got his ball stuck right in there but he plays a sweet little chip with his third so he'll have a 12-footer for par.
Poulter is on the tee. Tartan troosers and a 'quiet' sky blue shirt. Looked abit twitchy on that first tee but his ball falls safely on the edge of the fairway. Next up is Keegan Bradley - Ryder Cup star for the States... the third of the trio is Billy Horschel whose outfit is straight from the 1970s....yellow pants and peacock blue shirt. Gets my fashion gold medal so far. Nice one Billy.
So how are the old boys getting on who teed off at 9? Nick Faldo (2 bogeys and he's +2 after two), Tom Watson (bogey, par), Fred Couples (par, par)
Big day for Rory McIlroy. Rumours of relationship in turmoil with Caroline Wozniacki. Nick Faldo has been accusing of him of not practising hard enough. And, let's face it, he's basically not been playing very well. It's time to raise your game Rory and he's striding out to the first tee. Thoughts on Rory folks? Think this is the place to fire up his game?
Cracking Kaymer. Watch out watch out, there's a Kaymer about. Four pars...steady stuff and then WALLOP......eagle at the fifth. Two under for the German
Polite, nervous applause for Rory McIlroy as his ball lands into the long stuff. Massive cheer for Phil Mickelson. Leftie's ball bounds along the middle like a young rabbit. And there's some Americans looking on. "Let's go Phil"...nice.
Mashed potato indeed. What are your thoughts on shouting at players after teeing off?
After four birdies, the wheels on Miguel Angel Jimenez's golfing train have eased down abit with three successive pars.
Justin Rose's ball snuggles around the lip but it stays out ...unlucky sir. That's three pars for the US Open champion.
McIlroy playing in the sand on the opener but he recovers brilliantly with a chip to within two feet. Stunning.