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2012 British Open Leaderboard Update: Ben Curtis Struggles In 1st Round

The first round of the British Open is underway and for many players, in the books. Adam Scott presently occupies the top spot after finishing 6-under, while Paul Lawrie, Zach Johnson and Nicolas Colsaerts share a tie for second place at 5-under. The top five is rounded out by ... eight different players, as Ernie Els, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Toshinori Muto, Keegan Bradley, Rory McIlroy and Jbe Kruger share the spot at 3-under.

Muto, Bradley, McIlroy and Kruger have yet to finish their first round though, and could improve their standing before it's all said and done. Cleveland native Jason Dufner is tied for 39th, having finished his round even on the day.

On top of that, Ben Curtis has just wrapped up his day. Curtis won the Open back in 2003 but had a string of pretty bad years following it. He recently started playing a bit better though, and was hoping to make a dent at the Open. That being said, he finished tied for 135th place at 5-over after one round, so he'll need to improve things sooner rather than later.

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