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Denmark's Thomas Bjorn plays a shot off the 17th tee during the first day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Thursday, July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Tim Hales) By Tim Hales Denmark's Thomas Bjorn plays a shot off the 17th tee during the first day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Thursday, July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Tim Hales) By Tim Hales
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy hits a shot from the 2nd tee during the first day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Thursday, July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison) By Peter Morrison Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy hits a shot from the 2nd tee during the first day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Thursday, July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison) By Peter Morrison
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn prepares to tee off from the 3rd hole during the first day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Thursday, July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Jon Super) By Jon Super Denmark's Thomas Bjorn prepares to tee off from the 3rd hole during the first day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Thursday, July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Jon Super) By Jon Super
Korea's KJ Choi plays a shot on the 4th fairway during the first day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Thursday, July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Jon Super) By Jon Super Korea's KJ Choi plays a shot on the 4th fairway during the first day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Thursday, July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Jon Super) By Jon Super

SANDWICH, England (AP) -- Thomas Bjorn has claimed the lead at the British Open with a 5-under 65 in the opening round.
  
Bjorn ripped off three straight birdies Thursday at Royal St. George's and went to the clubhouse with a two-stroke lead over Miguel Angel Jimenez.
  
Not bad, considering the Dane only got into the tournament Monday as an alternate, giving him a chance to make up for his meltdown the last time the Open was held at this course in southeastern England.
  
Back in 2003, Bjorn threw away a lead coming down the stretch by taking three shots to get out of a bunker at No. 16. He made 2 at that hole Thursday, the last of his three straight birdies.
  
Favorite Rory McIlroy got off to a sluggish start with bogeys on two of his first three holes. He was 1 over at the turn.
 

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