Spainard leads British Open

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thursday July 16, 2009

TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez rolled in a 66-foot birdie putt at the final hole for a 6-under 64 to claim the opening-round lead at the British Open.

The ponytailed golfer known as "The Mechanic" birdied the final two holes Thursday in a bogey-free round that knocked Tom Watson and Ben Curtis out of the top spot on the leaderboard.

The 59-year-old Watson, a five-time winner of the claret jug, held the lead most of the day, taking advantage of calm conditions at Turnberry to shoot a 65. Curtis, the surprise Open winner at Royal St. George's in 2003, matched Watson's score in the afternoon.

Tiger Woods struggled to a 71.

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