British Open leaderboard: Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson having issues early

Stuart Franklin

The late groups are hitting the course at the British Open and Zach Johnson ran into trouble early with a bogey at No. 1.

The afternoon groups have begun teeing off at the British Open and, like in the morning, par remains a very good score. Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson and others have found out the hard way dropping shots early in their rounds.

Johnson opened the day with the lead and maintained his one-stroke lead when he teed off. The lead didn't last long, however, as Johnson hit his tee shot into the rough and went on to make a bogey at the opening hole. Johnson had just one bogey in the first round.

Phil Mickelson also ran into trouble early as a double bogey on No. 2 dropped him back to even for the tournament. Mickelson putted poorly on No. 2, missing a long par putt by a wide margin. He then missed the six-foot putt for bogey and dropped two shots. Brandt Snedeker also dropped two shots with a double bogey as chipping issues led to a five on the Par 3 fourth hole.

Bubba Watson is one of the few late players under par. He dropped a shot early at No. 2, but birdies at No. 3 and No. 5 have him to 1-under on the round and 2-under overall. Watson nearly made eagle at No. 5, but settled for a tap in birdie.

Here's a quick look at the top of the leaderboard and a few other notable players:

Place Player Score Thru
T1 Rafael Cabrera-Bello -4 9
T1 Zach Johnson -4 1
T3 Dustin Johnson -3 5
T3 Miguel A. Jimenez -3 9
T5 Henrik Stenson -2 F
T5 Lee Westwood -2 F
T5 Tiger Woods -2 F
T5 Bubba Watson -2 5
T5 Brandt Snedeker -2 4
T5 Angel Cabrera -2 10:18 a.m.
T11 Martin Laird -1 F
T11 Ken Duke -1 10:29 a.m.
T13 Phil Mickelson E 2
T18 Ian Poulter 1 3
T56 Graeme McDowell 4 F
T82 Sergio Garcia 6 F
T97 Rory McIlroy 8 2

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