Woods gets a taste of the lead at Lytham


LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England – The 11-footer for birdie at No. 1 marked Tiger Woods’ first lead-off birdie in the Open Championship since 2001 and his 4-under outward loop established, however briefly, his first lead at the game’s oldest major since the second round in 2006 at Hoylake.

But Woods, vying for his fourth claret jug, didn’t seem interested in history lessons as he turned at Royal Lytham & St. Annes after a stress-free start that included 6 of 6 fairways hit, 7 of 9 greens in regulation and just 12 putts.

Woods slipped to one behind Adam Scott, who was 5 under through 13 holes, just past the turn on a calm morning on the English coast.