(LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England) -- Adam Scott leads after the first round of the British Open Championship and almost broke a major championship scoring record before settling for a 64.
"It's nice just to take advantage of the calm conditions today," Scott said. "It was surprising but very pleasing to go out and play some solid golf. It's what I haven't done the first rounds of the majors this year, and that was my goal here, really, starting the week was to play today like it was Sunday and there was no tomorrow."
Tiger Woods shot a 67 and is tied for sixth along with seven others, including Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson, Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, and Rory McIlroy.
"I felt like I played well today," he said. "I really hit it well. And as I said, I was very close on making a few more putts. Every ball was starting right on my line," Woods said. "I was very pleased with that. I've just got to hit the putts a little harder."
Zach Johnson, Paul Lawrie, and Nicholas Colsaerts trail Scott by one stroke. Phil Mickelson will have some work to do on Friday; he shot a 73.
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