PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Among the big names that Joel Dahmen led were Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.   

Unfortunately for Dahmen, while he led two notables, he also sat behind many other big names after getting off to a slow start at the opening round of the British Open on Thursday.

Dahmen, a Clarkston High alum, was tied for 128th following the first day of action at the British Open. He was five over par and 10 off the pace with a 76.

The first cut will happen following today’s second round.

Dahmen, who’d qualified for the event based on his world ranking, is playing in his 60th PGA event.

His best finish came at the Wells Fargo Championship in early May, when he took second. After that, he shot up 40 spots in the world rankings, and has been steady since. He’s currently 83rd in the world rankings.

Woods finished the opening round on Thursday tied for 144th, with a 78. McIlroy was tied for 150th, one shot behind Woods.

Dahmen is 15 strokes ahead of the last-place golfer at the event.

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