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Tiger Woods Leads British Open

Tiger Woods shares the lead in the British Open after one day. If history is any indication, he’ll dominate the rest of the tournament, winning his third Claret Jug in a row.

Tiger Woods Leads 2007 British Open Tiger Woods of the United States plays from the 2nd tee during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland, Thursday July 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) With his jacket zipped up tight and oversized gloves to keep his hands warm between shots, Tiger Woods got off to a strong start Thursday at chilly Carnoustie in his quest for a third straight British Open title. Woods joined K.J. Choi atop the leaderboard by rolling in a 20-foot eagle putt at the sixth hole, leaving both players at 3 under on a dreary morning along the North Sea.


Woods, his new daughter back home in Florida, was trying to become the first golfer in more than a half-century to pull off an Open three-peat. Peter Thomson claimed the claret jug from 1954-56, and only three others have won three straight years in a championship that dates to 1860.

Thomson, who won five times overall and was runner-up on three other occasions, expects Woods to be posing with the trophy come Sunday. “He has a chance to win eight in a row,” said the revered Aussie, now a member of the Royal & Ancient. “If I could do it, surely he could.”

Indeed. I don’t expect Tiger to win eight in a row — the game’s just too hard and the competition too stiff — but he doesn’t tend to lose Majors if he gets off to a good start.

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