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Steven Fox struggles in opening round of British Open

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EAST LOTHIAN, Scotland (WRCB) -- Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga star Steven Fox shot a 7-over round of 78 on day one of The Open Championship Thursday at prestigious Muirfield.

Fox carded five bogeys and one double-bogey during a difficult round, though he wasn't alone in struggling on the historic course. Only three players in Fox's wave of afternoon tee times managed to finish the opening round under par.

American Zach Johnson shot a 5-under 66 to grab the first-round lead by one shot over Mark O'Meara and Rafael Cabrera Bello. Brandt Snedeker is among five golfers tied for fourth at -3, while Tiger Woods leads a six-man contingent at -2.

Fox played his first eight holes at 2-over before suffering a double-bogey at the ninth. He added three straight bogeys in the middle of his back nine to fall into a tie for 119th place after the first 18 holes.

Despite his struggles, the Hendersonville native stands ahead of big names like Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald on the leaderboard. McIlroy and Donald both carded 79's, while former U.S. Open champ Lucas Glover shot 80.

Fox, who earned a spot in the year's third major after winning last year's U.S. Amateur, will tee off round two shortly before 1:30 a.m. ET.

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