Trio set +1 target but Westwood leads on -4

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The Open Championship In Association With Nikon

Ernie Els, Justin Leonard and Soren Hansen hold the clubhouse lead on 281 as Lee Westwood leads the Open Championship by a shot from Tom Watson.

All three of the early finishers carded a birdie, par finish, Hansen's for a 67 and Els and Leonard for 68s to set a very respectable target.

An eagle at the par 5 7th for Westwood has given him the lead on -4.

Westwood started solidly with four pars as his playing partner Ross Fisher exploded out of the gates.

The soon-to-be father birdied the opening two holes but his challenge appears to have stalled with a calamitous quadruple bogey eight at the 5th and a bogey six at the 7th to drop back to +1.

Tom Watson started badly with two bogeys in his first three holes but has rallied well with birdie at 7 to sit a shot off the lead.

Last year's leading amateur Chris Wood is -3 for his round through 15 for a -1 total and could well better his tied 5th finish at Birkdale.