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  Thursday, 18 July, 2002, 19:35 GMT 20:35 UK
Three share Open lead
David Toms follows the flight of an iron shot
Toms has yet to win a tournament this year
Carl Pettersson bogeyed the 18th at Muirfield to fall back into a share of the lead after the first round of the 131st Open Championship.


The Swede had birdied the 17th to move into the outright lead.

But his dropped shot at the last saw him finish on four under par, alongside American duo Duffy Waldorf and David Toms.

There is a group of 12 players on three under, including Englishman Justin Rose, veteran Scot Sandy Lyle and Ireland's Des Smyth.


I know I have the game to win if all goes well
Justin Rose

World number two Phil Mickelson and former Open champion Nick Price also carded 68s.

Tournament favourite Tiger Woods, who has won the first two Majors of the season, had a subdued start to his campaign.

The world number one sliced his tee-shot at the first hole after being disturbed by a photographer and ended the day one under par.

Woods was visibly angry at the conduct of the photographers on the first hole, but recovered his calm and was relatively pleased with how his round developed.

Tiger Woods purses his lips as he walks down the fairway
Woods had a frustrating start to his round
"I managed my way around the golf course pretty well today," he said.

"Anything under par on this golf course is a good score and you're doing just fine."

On a day when none of the players were prepared to take risks that would put them out of contention, Waldorf took the safe route to a competitive score.

"I played pretty conservatively because there's a lot of high rough and the bunkers are very hard," said Waldorf.

"It was very important to put the ball on the fairway. I stayed in play today and that let me get my irons going."

Good round

Despite missing the chance to take the outright lead Pettersson was happy with his day's work.

"There's still a long way to go," he said. "I'm not too worried about it. I played nice today, only missed two fairways and holed a few putts."

Rose, who burst on the scene at the 1998 Open when he finished fourth as a 17-year-old, was in confident mood after out-scoring playing partner Woods.

"I know I have the game to win if all goes well," he said.

"I had the self-confidence to believe I could cope with everything that the day threw up."

Chasing pack

There are still a host of big names in contention, with 1998 champion Mark O'Meara and Padraig Harrington both finishing two strokes behind Pettersson.

Ernie Els and two former champions, Tom Lehman and Paul Lawrie, are alongside Woods on one under, while Sergio Garcia and Greg Norman are a stroke further back.

Ian Woosnam, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke all shot 72s, while Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie have it all to do.

Faldo, who has twice won The Open at Muirfield, carded a two over 73 with Montgomerie taking one stroke more.

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