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Published on Jul 19, 2012
From his opening tee shot Thursday in the first round of the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Tiger Woods was rarely in a spot of bother. The same could be said for a bunch of other players.
On a defenseless links on the western coastline of England, Woods set forth with a birdie from 10 feet on the par-3 first hole and came home with 3-under-par 67 as he tries to win his 15th major, his fourth Open championship and his first major since the 2008 U.S. Open.
Woods trails pace-setting Adam Scott, who had a chance to become the first player to shoot a 62 in a major championship but a last-hole bogey left him at 64. The score ties 1996 Open champion Tom Lehman's third-round score as the lowest shot at Royal Lytham in the Open Championship.
One shot behind Scott is 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie, who holed out three times from just off the green in his first six holes. Joining Lawrie at 65 was Zach Johnson, who won last week's John Deere Classic in a playoff. The last player to win the week prior to the Open and then win the Open was Lee Trevino in 1971.
In all, 19 of the first 50 players who finished play in the morning wave shot par or better.