Kjeldsen message is 'don't discount me' after scoring 67

Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:56pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

TROON, Scotland (Reuters) - Soren Kjeldsen's subtle message to his British Open rivals was 'don't discount me from title contention' after the Dane bulldozed through the pack to fire a 67 in the first round on Thursday.

His four-under-par effort pushed the world number 50 within four strokes of leader Phil Mickelson of the U.S., leaving him happy in the knowledge that his all-round game was back to where he wants it to be after a brief spell of difficulty.

"The last 18 months were really good and then I played poorly at last month's U.S. Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio," Kjeldsen told Reuters in an interview held under bright blue skies at Royal Troon.

"But I turned the corner at the Scottish Open last week and now I'm feeling pretty good," he said after closing rounds of 66 and 70 earned a tie for 21st place in Inverness.

"I've worked harder over the last two years than I've ever worked before and it's nice that it's paying off. I feel really happy with everything now and the sky's the limit."

Kjeldsen had only one top-10 result on the European Tour in 2014 but then enjoyed a memorable summer a year later.

He claimed his first victory in six years by winning the Irish Open and followed that up with a hat-trick of second-place finishes at the Made in Denmark tournament, the Nordea Masters and British Masters.


Golf-British Open - Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen putts on the fifth green during the first round - Royal Troon, Scotland, Britain - 14/07/2016.   REUTERS/Russell Cheyne