Tiger Woods played a solid first round at Muirfield.
As the first round of the British Open wore on Thursday, and Muirfield’s already baked grass absorbed more heat, early clubhouse leader Zach Johnson was looking luckier and luckier to have played his round early.
Tiger Woods, whose two-under 69 was accomplished on greens that started out fast and reached diabolical by the end of the day.
Shiv Kapur was having no trouble at all with the conditions on the front nine, scorching it for six birdies to roar into the lead. But the back nine was a much tougher go, and a double bogey and a bogey dropped him back to three-under.
Phil Mickelson, trying to win his first British Open, played early and played well and was two under after his 69.
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