By Larry GLicken

The British Open is off and running, currently the leader in the club house is American golfer Zach Johnson who shot a neat little round of 66 today. Johnson got off to a great start in the Open Championship. His first birdie came on the 3rd hole and the man they call short made eagle on the par 5 5th.

Johnson then made back to back birdies on holes 6 & 7 and pared holes 8 & 9. He finished the front nine with a 31. Zach  pared the first 2 holes on the back nine and made birdie at hole number 12. His only bogey on the day came on the par 4 14th.

Johnson played a very solid opening round in the open championship that showed the world distance isn’t everything in the game of golf. Accuracy can still get you rewarded on the score card. Johnson is no stranger when it comes to competing in a major championship.

He won the 2007 Masters and has played well in majors before. His best finish in the Open Championship was last year when he finished in a tie for 9th place. If Johnson can continue to play as he did today he has a chance to win this year. That’s if he can hold things together and the weather doesn’t get into his way.

He doesn’t have the distance of some of the tours power players but he is a very accurate driver of the golf ball. Staying out of trouble at the Open is a great idea.

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