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British Open 2013 Round 1 Update: Zach Johnson Leads, Phil Mickelson in the Hunt

All golfers were on pins and needles heading into the 2013 British Open because the tournament is being played at Muirfield Golf Club, which is notorious for being unkind to the players. Well, after one round, the golfers are split on their fondness of the course as most of the 20 who finished under par aren’t complaining while others didn’t hide their displeasure.

After finishing Thursday at one over par, Ian Poulter said the 8th hole was a joke and tweeted a Happy Gilmore reference by saying that No. 18 needs a windmill and a clown face.

Phil Mickelson finished at two under, but said if the wind had been blowing that Muirfield would have been unplayable. So basically the course is just as unforgiving as ever, even though a few players had solid first rounds anyway.

Zach Johnson leads the way with a five-under 66 while Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker are two behind him, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth are with Mickelson at three behind the leader and Bubba Watson was the last notable to finish below even at one under.

All eyes are on Mickelson and Spieth as round two gets underway. Lefty is coming off a great win at the Scottish Open last week while the youngster from Texas got his first PGA Tour win at the John Deere Classic on Sunday. Both players seem to have figured out Muirfield early, but a chance of thunderstorms on Saturday could drop them and many others from contention in round three.

Hold on to your hats because this year’s British Open is just getting started.