Tiger pounces into lead at Open

LYTHAM, England — Tiger Woods surged into a share of the lead at the British Open after only four holes in Thursday’s first round, sinking a 20-foot birdie at the par-4 fourth to stand two-under par.

By (AFP)

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Published: Thu 19 Jul 2012, 5:25 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:22 PM

Also on two-under with nearly half the field on the course at Royal Lytham and St. Annes were Scotland’s Paul Lawrie and Australian Adam Scott.

Woods, the 14-time major champion trying to win his first major title since the 2008 US Open, opened with a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-3 first and served notice he was in command on the greens with his long putt at the fourth.

Lawrie birdied three holes in a row, the last of them a long chip out of rough across the green and into the cup at the par-3 fifth to reach three-under, but a bogey at the eighth dropped him into a share of the lead.

Lawrie, who won a playoff at Carnoustie for the 1999 British Open crown, would have the longest interval between titles in the tournament’s history should he win, surpassing the 1937-1948 gap between Henry Cotton’s titles.

Scott took a bogey at the third only to answer with birdies at the fourth, sixth and par-5 seventh.

One stroke back on one-under were nine others, including Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, India’s Jeev Milkha Singh, Masters champion Bubba Watson of the United States, former US Open champion Graeme McDowell and former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa.

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