Jul 18, 2013 9:03 PM by Andrew Masuda

American Zach Johnson leads British Open, Woods and Mickelson in the hunt

More than a dozen players were under par after the first round on Thursday at the historic Muirfield in Scotland, which was hosting the British Open Championship for the sixteenth time.

37 year old American Zach Johnson leads with a 5-under-par 66 and was followed by Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello, who shot 67, as well as 1998 Open champion Mark O'Meara, whose eagle at the 17th propelled the 56-year-old to within a shot of the lead.

Americans Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker were positioned nicely after 68s.

Tiger Woods came on strong at the end to finish in a group of six at 2-under 69. He turned in four birdies in the back-nine as he continued his search for his first Major victory since 2008.

And even though Phil Mickelson three-putted the last hole, he also shot 69 to get onto the first page of the leaderboard just four days after winning the Scottish Open for his first win on European soil since 1993.

Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion, carded just a single bogey and had four birdies and an eagle.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion who was grouped with Woods and Graeme McDowell, and Peter Hanson withdrew during the round.



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