LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England — All-but-perfect weather let the leaders go low in the Open Championship on Thursday, as Adam Scott flirted with a major championship record before settling on the lead and Tiger Woods went low enough to put himself in contention through 18 holes.
Woods, the pre-tournament favorite, shot a 3-under-par 67 to put himself in position to pursue his 15th major title and fourth Claret Jug.
But Woods wasn’t as good as Scott. The Australian flirted with the major championship scoring record before settling for a 64, matching the lowest score shot at Royal Lytham, one off the best in a Grand Slam event.
He leads a group of three players by 1 shot.
“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.
Source: ESPN.com Bob Harig