England’s Westwood, seeking to win his first major title, bogeyed the third hole to drop to 2-under par at Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland. He then made birdie on the par-5 fifth hole after hitting his tee shot into a fairway bunker to get back to 3 under.
Stenson, of Sweden, birdied two of the first three holes to reach 1 under before a bogey on the par-4 eighth put him three shots back. England’sPoulter is 5-under for the round through the 15th, and even par for the championship after an eagle and three straight birdies from the ninth to 12th holes. American Mickelson got birdies on the fifth and ninth and is 2 under for the round.
Woods, looking to end a five-year winless run in major tournaments, opened his round with a bogey by missing a short par putt. He also bogeyed the fourth and sixth holes to drop to 2 over. Fellow Americans Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan are 1 over for the tournament.
Masters champion Adam Scott of Australia, in the same group with Woods, also has bogeyed two of the first four holes to drop to 2 over. He’s tied with Angel Cabrera of Argentina and Brandt Snedeker of the U.S. nh b
Among today’s other early finishers, Jason Dufner of the U.S. shot 67 and fellow American Bo Van Pelt and England’s Oliver Fisher each had 68.
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