Scott (64) leads by one after Day 1 at Open Championship
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Scott (64) leads by one after Day 1 at Open Championship

Adam Scott took advantage of ideal scoring conditions in the morning at Royal Lytham and St. Annes to take the lead after the first round of the 141st Open Championship.

Scott tied the competitive course record at the English course with 6-under 64 to lead over Zach Johnson, Paul Lawrie and Nicolas Colaserts. Johnson and Lawrie, both major winners, shot their 65s in the morning while the big-hitting Belgian did so in the afternoon half of the draw.

Brandt Snedeker, who made an albatross on a par-4 yesterday in a practice round, shot a bogey-free 66 with four birdies.

Tiger Woods is part of a group tied for sixth at 3 under, including fellow major winners Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Graeme McDowell. Steve Stricker and Japan's Toshinori Muto are in that group as well.

Defending champion Darren Clarke struggled to take advantage of the easier morning draw, shooting 76 to leave him 10 shots back of the lead.

Phil Mickelson did three better than Clarke, shooting 73 to sit nine back of the lead.

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