Around The Links: 2013 Open Championship Is Underway

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Jun 14, 2013; Ardmore, PA, USA; Zach Johnson chips onto the 15th green during the second round of the 113th U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club.. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY

2007 Masters Champ, Zach Johnson, fired an opening round -5 under par 66 early on Thursday morning at the 143rd Open Championship which was good for a one-shot lead when play finished at Muirfield Golf Club. His -5 under total came under fire later in the day by an unknown from India, but Johnson’s score prevailed. Tiger Woods finished his day at -2 under par, three strokes back, but the world’s number two, Rory McIlroy wasn’t as fortunate. Rory matched Sir Nick Faldo’s 79, and is in danger already of missing yet another cut in the 2013 season.

Zach Johnson leads after first round at Muirfield; Tiger three back

“I don’t know what the secret is,” Johnson said. “I hit some nice shots and obviously I putted really, really well.”

Phil Mickelson makes little boy’s day

This is why Phil Mickelson is the new ambassador of golf. He always seems to say, and do the right thing. This is a good read from Jay Hart at Devil Ball Golf. Devil Ball Golf is a feature of Yahoo Sports.

Media: Was Muirfield setup fair?

We all have seen some pretty rank weather, and course layouts at The Open Championships throughout the years, it’s part of the deal when you get to play in the world’s oldest golf tournament. Some of the golfers were somewhat critical with the pin placements on Thursday at Muirfield, saying the R&A was afraid the scores would go too low.

Tiger could’ve lost this Open on his first hole, but his rally turned out to be revealing

Even the world’s greatest golfer has first-tee jitters. Tiger Woods double-crossed his five wood on the first tee Thursday, but recovered nicely to card a -2 score for the first round of the Open Championship.

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