(GULLANE, Scotland) — Zach Johnson has the early lead after day one of the 2013 Open Championship.
Johnson shot a with a 5-under-par 66 and was followed by Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello, who shot 67. Veteran Mark O’Meara eagled the 17th hole to tie Cabrera-Bello. Both are within one shot of the lead.
“Very pleased. It was a very solid day. I felt great,” Johnson said. “Any time you shoot under par in an Open or a major, for that matter, you have to be putting at least somewhat decent, and I putted great. All in all, very solid, but it’s just one round.”
Brandt Snedeker, Dustin Johnson, and India’s Shiv Kapur are among those currently tied for fourth place.
Tiger Woods was strong on the back-nine, finishing with a 2-under 69. He is tied for ninth place with Phil Mickelson, as well as several others.
Rory McIlroy struggled on the links, shooting an 8-over-par 79.
Day two action will continue on Friday from Muirfield.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News