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British Open Leaderboard 2012: Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson Off To Strong Starts

Three-time British Open champion Tiger Woods hasn't lifted the Claret Jug since winning the tournament in 2006. His last win in a Major Championship was in the 2008 US Open and the pressure is on for the odds-on favorite to finally break his streak of poor performances in Majors.

He got out to a strong start early though, shooting straight to the top of the leaderboard with four birdies in the front nine on Thursday. He slowed some in the back nine, shooting one over par, but the strong front nine has left Woods in a tie for fifth on the leaderboard.

The sole American ahead of Woods on the leaderboard is Zach Johnson who shot five under par on Thursday. His strong performance earned him a tie with Paul Lawrie for the second spot, just one stroke behind tournament-leading Adam Scott of Australia.

Read more on the British Open at this StoryStream and check out our golf hub page as well.

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