LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England — On a day filled with wayward shots, Brandt Snedeker was steady as can be at the Open Championship.
The 31-year-old American, who has never made the cut in golf’s oldest major, surged to a four-stroke lead Friday before many of the other contenders even got on the course at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
Following a 4-under 66 in the opening round, Snedeker kept up his assault on the fairways, knocked in four birdies and made the turn with a 4-under 30. He rolled in a 25-footer for another birdie at the par-5 11th, then put his tee shot in the middle of the green on the par-3 12th and calmly sank the putt — his sixth birdie of the round, pushing his score to 10 under.
First-round leader Adam Scott, who tied the course record with a 64 on Thursday, had an afternoon tee time. So did many of the others who stood out on Day 1, including Paul Lawrie (65), Zach Johnson 65), Tiger Woods (67), Ernie Els (67), Bubba Watson (67) and Graeme McDowell (67) — all of them past major winners.