The Open Championship Scores 2013: Early Analysis and Results from Day 1

Ross Dunbar@@rossdunbar93Contributor IIJuly 18, 2013

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 18:  Zach Johnson of the United States tees off on the 14th hole during the first round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 18, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Muirfield is bathed in sunshine for the tee-off of the Open Championship Thursday.

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American Zach Johnson has jumped to an early lead on Day 1. He doesn't just look sharp on his putts but has displayed great power and more importantly, great confidence. As long as he can keep his lead or stay within the top five after Friday, he should be considered the favourite heading into Day 4 on Sunday.

Several other men are making their mark at the top of the Open Leaderboard with Spanish duo Miguel Angel Jimenez and Rafael Cabrera-Bello surprising many fans.

Cabrera-Bello's birdie on the fourth hole kept him on pace with Jimenez, who put the pressure on his fellow countryman to start the day. More importantly, Cabrera-Bello is breathing down Johnson's neck and should be a formidable foe the rest of the tournament.

American Dustin Johnson teed off in East Lothian with Bubba Watson but quickly jumped ahead of his fellow countryman before finishing the day with a score of 68 as Watson ended with a score of 70. 

Englishman Ian Poulter may be a major favorite but has a long way to go on Day 1 to catch Johnson at the top of the leaderboard. While he has been on par throughout the day, he just cannot seem to make up any ground. He will need to make several adjustments the rest of the tournament if he is to have any chance of cementing his legacy.

Rory McIlroy may be one of the most talented golfers in the world, but he simply has not been able to find the magic this Tour season. He had a difficult start to the day, highlighted by a missed putt that continued to roll past the 15th hole and into the bunker. McIlroy's shot out of the bunker didn't give him much breathing room and his ensuing putt failed to drop. To say this was embarrassing for a golfer as talented as McIlroy would be an understatement. 

Phil Mickelson, however, has been continued his solid play from the Scottish Open last weekend. He remains in contention and looks sharp to start the day. 

The favourite, Tiger Woods, who hasn’t won a major in five years, tees off at 1445 BST (9:45 a.m. EDT) alongside Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen, a former champion at the British Open.