Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the British Open
Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the British Open

Tiger Woods rued the mistakes that cost him several strokes in todays first round at the British Open, where benign weather conditions made for low scores.

Woods shot a 1-over-par 71 at Turnberry in Scotland, leaving him six shots behind the leaders, who include 59-year- old Tom Watson.

The worlds top-ranked golfer made three birdies and four bogeys on a day of calm weather conditions at the Ailsa Course.

Realistically I probably should have shot about 1- or 2- under par today, Woods told reporters. But I made a few mistakes.

Watson, a five-time British Open champion; Ben Curtis, the 2003 Open winner; and Soren Hansen reached 5-under-par for a one-stroke lead. Seventeen players were at 3-under or better, including former Open winners Mark OMeara and Mark Calcavecchia, both at 67.

Mark is up there -- both Marks, Calc and OMeara, and obviously Tom, so three Open Championship winners, Woods said. They obviously understand how to play this kind of golf.

Woods was paired today with 17-year-old Ryo Ishikawa of Japan and Lee Westwood of England, who both finished at 68. Woods was impressed with Ishikawa, who won an event on the Japan tour as an amateur at 15.

Hes got just the world ahead of him, and just keep working hard, he said. You can obviously see hes got the talent.

Ishikawa said he very nervous to play with Woods and Westwood. Hes keeping his goal simple for tomorrow.

I hope I can make the cut, he told reporters.

The West Australian

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