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Zach Johnson of the United States plays out of a bunker on the 14th hole during the first round of the British Open Thursday at the Muirfield Golf Links in East Lothian, Scotland. Associated Press

Zach Johnson leads by one after first round of British Open

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GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — A blue sky and a gentle breeze usually means ripe scoring conditions at the British Open. Just not on the brown links of Muirfield.

Zach Johnson handled it better than anyone Thursday. Helped along by a 45-foot eagle putt and only one bogey despite trouble lurking around every pot bunker, Johnson had a 5-under 66 for a one-shot lead, the first time he’s been atop the leaderboard at any major since he rallied to win the Masters six years ago.

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