Garcia Leads British Open

Carnoustie, UNITED KINGDOM: Spanish Sergio Garcia studies his putt line on the 14th hole during the first round of the 136th British Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland, 19 July 2007. AFP PHOTO/Carl DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sergio Garcia is the leader after the first round of the British Open. The Spaniard fired a 6-under-par 65 his first trip around the Carnoustie layout. That's leaves him two clear of Ireland's Paul McGinley after 18 holes.

U-S Open champ Angel Cabrera of Argentina, 2005 U-S Open winner
Michael Campbell of New Zealand, Austria's Markus Brier, American
Boo Weekely and 18-year-old amateur Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland are next at minus-3.

Tiger Woods is right in the thick of things. The two-time defending champion canned an improbable 90-foot birdie putt on his way to a 69. The world number number one is tied with

South Korea's K.J. Choi, Stewart Cink, Irishman Padraig Harrington and Miguel Angel Jiminez of Spain.

Jim Furyk carded a 1-under 70 and Two-time Masters champ Phil Mickelson matched par with a 71.

Former champion John Daly got it to 5 under after eleven holes but blew up down the stretch and signed for a 3-over 74.