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2015 British Open leaderboard: Zach Johnson playing his way into perfect position

Zach Johnson isn't in the lead, but he's close and in great shape moving forward.

Players need to play well to win the British Open, but a little luck of the draw also goes a long way in walking away with the Claret Jug. Weather conditions are a bigger factor at the British Open than most events and getting the right draw can be the difference between contending and even missing the cut.

With high winds expected for Friday afternoon, the general consensus is those playing in the morning on the second day will hold a significant advantage. That means a low score in the afternoon on Thursday could position a player perfectly heading into Friday. That is exactly where Zach Johnson is headed as he chases the lead late in the first round.

Johnson is 6-under through 15 holes in his first round. That is good enough for the best round of the afternoon wave and has him just one shot off the lead. Several players took advantage of favorable scoring conditions in the morning, but it's been tougher sledding in the afternoon as the course dries and becomes faster. That hasn't been an issue for Johnson, who racked up six birdies and is yet to drop a shot on his round. He still has to survive a difficult closing stretch, but if he can post a number near Dustin Johnson's clubhouse lead at 7-under, Johnson will be in ideal position when he steps to the No. 1 tee on Friday morning.

Justin Rose is also faring well in the afternoon and is 4-under on his round as he makes the turn. Rose hasn't had much success at The Open in recent years with only one top 25 finish and three missed cuts in the last five years. He did well to take advantage of easier scoring conditions on the front nine and is yet to make a bogey.

John Daly won the British Open at St. Andrews in 1995 and has recaptured some of that magic. He is 2-under through 16 and currently in the top 30. He's tied with several players at 2-under, including Phil Mickelson. The 2013 British Open champion has been a little up and down on his round, but has managed four birdies.

Rickie Fowler was one of the favorites heading into the tournament. He didn't get off to an ideal start, making the turn at 1-over after failing to make a birdie. He made up some ground quickly on No. 10, however, driving the green and drilling an eagle putt to drop to 1-under.

Here is a current look at the leaderboard. For a live leaderboard, head over to

Place Player Score Thru
1 Dustin Johnson -7 F
T2 Robert Streb -6 F
T2 Retief Goosen -6 F
T2 Paul Lawrie -6 F
T2 Jason Day -6 F
T2 Zach Johnson -6 15
T7 Jordan Niebrugge -5 F
T7 Kevin Na -5 F
T7 Charl Schwartzel -5 F
T7 Jordan Spieth -5 F
T7 Louis Oosthuizen -5 F
T7 Danny Willett -5 15
T13 Marc Warren -4 16
T13 Greg Owen -4 F
T13 Matt Jones -4 F
T13 Luke Donald -4 F
T13 David Howell -4 F
T13 Justin Rose -4 10
T13 Koumei Oda -4 8
T20 Geoff Ogilvy -3 14
T20 Tommy Fleetwood -3 15
T20 Anirban Lahiri -3 17
T20 Paul Dunne -3 F
T20 David Lingmerth -3 F
T20 Romain Langasque -3 F
T20 Jimmy Walker -3 11
T20 Ashley Chesters -3 9
T20 Branden Grace -3 9
T29 Steven Bowditch -2 F
T29 Bernhard Langer -2 13
T29 John Daly -2 16
T29 Marcel Siem -2 F
T29 Thomas Bjorn -2 F
T29 Alexander Levy -2 F
T29 Anthony Wall -2 F
T29 Webb Simpson -2 F
T29 Ollie Schniederjans -2 F
T29 Sergio Garcia -2 F
T29 Stewart Cink -2 F
T29 Greg Chalmers -2 F
T29 Tyrrell Hatton -2 F
T29 Paul Kinnear -2 F
T29 Hiroyuki Fujita -2 13
T29 Marc Leishman -2 8
T29 Romain Wattel -2 7
T29 Harris English -2 9
T29 Mark O'Meara -2 14
T29 Scott Strange -2 4
T29 Adam Scott -2 11
T29 Martin Kaymer -2 11
T29 Andy Sullivan -2 9
T29 Phil Mickelson -2 10
T29 Matt Kuchar -2 11
T29 Jamie Donaldson -2 11
T29 Bernd Wiesberger -2 15
T29 Daniel Berger -2 6
T29 Brett Rumford -2 6
T29 James Morrison -2 8
T59 Stephen Gallacher -1 13
T59 Henrik Stenson -1 11
T59 Rafael Cabrera Bello -1 17
T59 Yuta Ikeda -1 11
T59 Cameron Tringale -1 F
T59 Graham DeLaet -1 F
T59 Sandy Lyle -1 F
T59 Ross Fisher -1 F
T59 Ernie Els -1 F
T59 Brendon Todd -1 F
T59 Bubba Watson -1 F
T59 Lee Westwood -1 F
T59 Ryan Palmer -1 F
T59 Kevin Kisner -1 F
T59 Brooks Koepka -1 F
T59 Scott Arnold -1 F
T59 Padraig Harrington -1 16
T59 Bill Haas -1 14
T59 Jim Furyk -1 9
T59 Paul Casey -1 9
T59 Rikard Karlberg -1 4
T59 Robert Dinwiddie -1 4
T59 Pelle Edberg -1 6
T59 Taichi Teshima -1 4
T59 Edoardo Molinari -1 7
T59 Mark Young -1 6
T59 Rickie Fowler -1 10
T86 Gunn Yang E 14
T86 Gary Woodland E 15
T86 Richie Ramsay E F
T86 Charley Hoffman E F
T86 Carl Pettersson E F
T86 Hunter Mahan E F
T86 John Senden E F
T86 David Duval E F
T86 Ryan Moore E 12
T86 Francesco Molinari E 14
T86 Ryan Fox E F
T86 Russell Knox E F
T86 Graeme McDowell E F
T86 Patrick Reed E F
T86 Hideki Matsuyama E F
T86 Eddie Pepperell E F
T86 Kiradech Aphibarnrat E 8
T86 Ben Taylor E 6
T86 Tom Gillis E 6
T86 Keegan Bradley E 11
T106 Tom Lehman 1 13
T106 Jason Dufner 1 16
T106 Danny Lee 1 F
T106 Thongchai Jaidee 1 15
T106 Morgan Hoffmann 1 F
T106 David Lipsky 1 F
T106 George Coetzee 1 17
T106 Brian Harman 1 F
T106 Matt Every 1 F
T106 Shane Lowry 1 F
T106 Billy Horschel 1 F
T106 Brandt Snedeker 1 F
T106 J.B. Holmes 1 F
T106 Shinji Tomimura 1 F
T106 Ian Poulter 1 F
T106 Darren Clarke 1 F
T106 Matteo Manassero 1 F
T106 Marcus Fraser 1 5
T124 Alister Balcombe 2 4
T124 Ben Martin 2 F
T124 Russell Henley 2 14
T124 Scott Hend 2 F
T124 Todd Hamilton 2 F
T124 Joost Luiten 2 F
T124 Byeong-Hun An 2 F
T124 Victor Dubuisson 2 F
T124 Ben Curtis 2 F
T124 David Hearn 2 F
T124 Jonathan Moore 2 F
T135 Miguel Jimenez 3 16
T135 Soren Kjeldsen 3 F
T135 Thomas Aiken 3 F
T135 Jonas Blixt 3 F
T135 James Hahn 3 F
T135 Tadahiro Takayama 3 F
T135 Mikko Ilonen 3 F
T135 Adam Bland 3 F
T143 Justin Leonard 4 13
T143 Pablo Larrazabal 4 F
T143 Daniel Brooks 4 F
T143 Tom Watson 4 F
T143 Tiger Woods 4 F
T143 Raphael Jacquelin 4 F
T149 Rod Pampling 5 F
T149 Gary Boyd 5 F
T151 Nick Faldo 6 10
T151 Kevin Streelman 6 F
T153 Hiroshi Iwata 7 F
T153 Jaco Van Zyl 7 F
T155 WC Liang 8 16
T155 Mark Calcavecchia 8 F