ATLANTA - Former Georgia State men's golfer Steven Tiley finished with a birdie on the 18th hole to shoot an opening round 2-over par 72 on the first day of the British Open Championship Thursday at Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club. This is the third time Tiley has played in the Open Championship.
The fifth-year pro bogeyed the second, eighth and 15th holes before a birdie-three at the 18th. He is tied for 80th with the likes of Sergio Garcia, Stewart Cink, John Daly, Lucas Glover, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk and Paul Casey entering Friday's second round.
Although only through one round of play, Tiley is just one stroke off the very early projected cut of 1-over.
Along with Brad Kennedy and Mardan Mamat, the group will tee off at 3:49 p.m. local time (10:49 a.m. ET) on Friday before the cut is made heading into the weekend.
Two years ago at St. Andrews, Tiley opened with a first round 66 while playing with another former Panther, Mark Haastrup, for the first two rounds. He was among the leaders before a second round 79. He recovered on the weekend, shooting rounds of 73 and 74 which tied Colin Montgomerie for 68th place.
He gained his place in the 2012 Open Championship through Local Final Qualifying at Hillside.
Tiley played his first British Open in 2004 at Royal Troon. He became a member of the Georgia State team later that fall. After opening the 2004 championship with an even-par 71, Tiley shot a 5-over 76 in round two to finished tied for 85th, just missing the cut.
Tom Sherreard still owns the distinction of the best Georgia State finisher in a major. In 2008, Sherreard, who was entering his junior year, finished tied for 19th with Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III and U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate at the British Open.
Tiley enters play this week ranked 56th on the European Challenge Tour this season in limited appearances. Last week, he finished tied for 14th at the Credit Suisse Challenge after opening with a first round 67.
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