Garcia leads British Open

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Sergio Garcia charged into the lead of the British Open with a first-round 6 under par 65 at Carnoustie.

Updated: July 22, 2007 15:01 IST
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Sergio Garcia charged into the lead of the British Open with a first-round 6 under par 65 at Carnoustie.

The Spaniard led Ireland's Paul McGinley by two shots on a damp and overcast day on Scotland's Angus coast.

Defending champion Tiger Woods carded a 2 under 69 as he bid to win a third straight British Open and 13th major in all while India's Jeev Milkha had a bad day at the office.

Woods, who is looking to become the first man since Peter thomson in the 1950's to win three consecutive British Opens, started well as he eagled the sixth hole to go to 3 under and stay close to the early leaders.

The American who is looking to win his 13th major and get closer to jack nicklaus' record of 18 failed to keep that momentum going as he bogeyed two consecutive holes, before coming up with a monster putt for birdie on the 16th. He finished tied for eighth at 2 under.

That was four shots behind Garcia, who carded a brilliant 6 under to take the lead after the first round. Garcia, still looking to win his first major, later admitted that this was definietly what the doctor had ordered.

US Open 2007 Champion Angel Cabrera, one of the few men to have held off Woods in the final round of a major, ended tied with four other players at 3 under par after shooting a round of 68.

However, it wasn't a day to remember for India's Jeev Milkha Singh. The 35-year-old who is making his debut at the British Open ended the day tied for 128th place at 6 over. He will definietly have to do better than that on Friday if he wants to keep his record of making the cut at every major he has played.

"Yeah, I think it was lack of rhythm, no rhythm at all. I started well but just. After that didn't hit the ball at all well today. Didn't have distance control, didn't hit it in the fairway too often. And after that trying to put pressure on my putts, just didn't make too many putts too," said Jeev Milkha Singh.

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