British Open scores 2013: Zach Johnson leads, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods 2-under

Matthew Lewis

It was a tough opening round at Muirfield on Thursday, but Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are under par and in prime position to contend on the weekend.

The first round of the British Open had a bit of a U.S. Open-like feel to it as difficult course conditions led to many players struggling to stay under par. Zach Johnson took advantage of easier morning conditions, shooting a 5-under 66 to take the first-round lead.

With warm weather and plenty of sunlight on Thursday, Muirfield became more difficult throughout the day as the sun baked the course, making it extremely firm. Fast greens and tricky pin positions led to several players complaining about the setup of the course after their round. Johnson said he was "shocked" by some of the pin placements while Stewart Cink tweeted the greens were the fastest he'd seen in an Open.

Ian Poulter was even more critical, tweeting the pin position on No. 8 was a "joke." He said the 18th hole needed a windmill and clown face, comparing the green to one you'd find on a miniature golf course. Tiger Woods called the greens "fiery" while Jordan Spieth said they were becoming "glassy" as the round went on.

The challenging course conditions caused many players to falter and just 20 of the 156-player field finished the first round in red figures. Woods is among the group in the red despite playing late in the day. He struggled some on the front nine, going out in 37, but turned things around on the backside, finishing with a 2-under 69. He's tied for ninth place after the first round, with Mickelson and Spieth also at 2-under.

Johnson holds a one-stroke lead over Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Mark O'Meara. O'Meara struggled as the day went on, but an eagle on No. 17 moved him into a tie for second place. He nearly moved into a share of the lead, but his birdie attempt on No. 18 just lipped out.

Shiv Kapur authored the most surprising round of the day, briefly taking the lead at 6-under despite playing in one of the final pairings. The No. 210 player in the world golf rankings, Kapur birdied six of his first seven holes. A double bogey on No. 10 dropped him out of the lead, but he still finished the day 3-under and in a tie for fourth place.

Woods, O'Meara and Kapur should have an advantage on Friday. All three will tee off in the morning pairings and should have more favorable conditions. Here is a look at the leaderboard through the first round.

Place Player Score
1 Zach Johnson -5
T2 Rafael Cabrera-Bello -4
T2 Mark O'Meara -4
T4 Dustin Johnson -3
T4 Brandt Snedeker -3
T4 Shiv Kapur -3
T4 Miguel A. Jimenez -3
T4 Tom Lehman -3
T9 Angel Cabrera -2
T9 Tiger Woods -2
T9 Francesco Molinari -2
T9 Phil Mickelson -2
T9 Jordan Spieth -2
T9 Todd Hamilton -2
T15 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano -1
T15 Ken Duke -1
T15 Martin Laird -1
T15 Oliver Fisher -1
T15 Bubba Watson -1
T15 Henrik Stenson -1
T21 Bernd Wiesberger E
T21 Hideki Matsuyama E
T21 Jimmy Mullen (a) E
T21 Gareth Wright E
T21 Adam Scott E
T21 Thomas Aiken E
T27 Mikko Ilonen 1
T27 Stewart Cink 1
T27 Jimmy Walker 1
T27 Jonas Blixt 1
T27 Marc Warren 1
T27 Martin Kaymer 1
T27 Jason Dufner 1
T27 Ian Poulter 1
T27 Tim Clark 1
T27 Camilo Villegas 1
T27 Mark Calcavecchia 1
T27 Josh Teater 1
T27 Steven Tiley 1
T27 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1
T27 Michael Thompson 1
T27 Darren Clarke 1
T27 Ryan Moore 1
T27 Lee Westwood 1
T27 Hunter Mahan 1
T27 Freddie Jacobson 1
T47 Richard McEvoy 2
T47 Thomas Bjorn 2
T47 Shingo Katayama 2
T47 K.T. Kim 2
T47 Johnson Wagner 2
T47 Grant Forrest (a) 2
T47 Marcus Fraser 2
T47 Matthew Fitzpatrick (a) 2
T47 Padraig Harrington 2
T47 Webb Simpson 2
T47 Eduardo De La Riva 2
T47 Jason Day 2
T59 John Wade 3
T59 Bud Cauley 3
T59 Peter Senior 3
T59 Carl Pettersson 3
T59 Ernie Els 3
T59 Billy Horschel 3
T59 Scott Piercy 3
T59 Kevin Streelman 3
T59 John Huh 3
T59 Ben Curtis 3
T59 Oscar Floren 3
T59 Boo Weekley 3
T59 Justin Leonard 3
T59 Harris English 3
T59 Matt Kuchar 3
T59 Jamie Donaldson 3
T59 Branden Grace 3
T59 Shane Lowry 3
T77 Chris Wood 4
T77 Nicolas Colsaerts 4
T77 Fred Couples 4
T77 Tom Watson 4
T77 Justin Rose 4
T77 Keegan Bradley 4
T77 Richard Sterne 4
T77 Nick Watney 4
T77 Tano Goya 4
T77 Danny Willett 4
T77 Geoff Ogilvy 4
T77 Sergio Garcia 4
T77 Charl Schwartzel 4
T77 Graeme McDowell 4
T77 Marcel Siem 4
T92 Stephen Gallacher 5
T92 Ben Stow (a) 5
T92 David Duval 5
T92 Scott Stallings 5
T92 K.J. Choi 5
T92 Graham DeLaet 5
T92 Garrick Porteous (a) 5
T92 George Coetzee 5
T92 Hyung-Sung Kim 5
T92 Steven Jeffress 5
T92 Sandy Lyle 5
T92 Marc Leishman 5
T92 Richie Ramsay 5
T92 A-Shun Wu 5
T92 Matteo Manassero 5
T92 Bo Van Pelt 5
T92 George Murray 5
T92 Gregory Bourdy 5
T92 Kenichi Kuboya 5
T92 Brooks Koepka 5
T112 Robert Karlsson 6
T112 John Senden 6
T112 Niclas Fasth 6
T112 Alvaro Quiros 6
T112 Vijay Singh 6
T112 Bill Haas 6
T112 Mark Brown 6
T119 Robert Garrigus 7
T119 Brendan Jones 7
T119 Luke Guthrie 7
T119 Y.E. Yang 7
T119 Russell Henley 7
T119 Steven Fox (a) 7
T119 Jim Furyk 7
T119 Thorbjorn Olesen 7
T119 Rickie Fowler 7
T119 Hiroyuki Fujita 7
T119 Toru Taniguchi 7
T119 D.A. Points 7
T119 Justin Harding 7
T119 Gareth Maybin 7
T119 Daisuke Maruyama 7
T134 Lloyd Saltman 8
T134 Nick Faldo 8
T134 Rory McIlroy 8
T134 Thaworn Wiratchant 8
T134 Thongchai Jaidee 8
T134 Brett Rumford 8
T134 Scott Brown 8
T134 Darryn Lloyd 8
T134 David Lynn 8
T143 Brian Davis 9
T143 Lucas Glover 9
T143 Luke Donald 9
T143 Scott Jamieson 9
T143 Satoshi Kodaira 9
T143 Steve Dartnall 9
149 Paul Lawrie 10
T150 Kyle Stanley 11
T150 Tyrrell Hatton (a) 11
152 Makoto Inoue 12
153 Rhys Pugh (a) 13
WD Peter Hanson
WD Louis Oosthuizen
WD Alexander Noren

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