Golf: Kiwi Ryan Fox four shots off the lead after opening round of The Open Championship, South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen sits first

Kiwi Ryan Fox is four shots off the leader after the opening round at The Open Championship at the Royal St George's Golf Course in Kent, England.

Opening on the front nine, Fox began brightly with a birdie on the second hole, only for it to be cancelled out by a bogey on the fourth.

Another birdie on the seventh had the Kiwi card a one-under 34 from his front nine, before heading to the back.

As he did on the front nine, Fox started his back nine with a birdie on the tenth hole, before dropping another shot on the 14th.

One last birdie, Fox's fourth of the round, saw him finish his first round with a two-under 68.

Fox sits in a 13-way tie for 19th place, alongside the likes of Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey, Francesco Molinari and Brandt Snedeker.

Elsewhere, the first round wasn't as kind to the second Kiwi in the field, Daniel Hillier.

The 22-year-old sits tied for 91st position on the leaderboard, having shot a first round two-over  72, with two bogeys.

South African Louis Oosthuizen holds the lead after the first round, shooting a six-under, blemish free 64 with six birdies.

American pair Jordan Speith and Brian Harman are in hot pursuit at five-under following their first rounds. Andy Sullivan and Danny Willet are the highest placed of the hometown contenders, tied for ninth at three-under.