Bjorn takes lead

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Thomas Bjorn has got off to a great start at Royal St George's as he attempts to lay the ghosts of 2003 to rest.

Bjorn was leading The Open when it last came to the Kent course until the 16th hole on the final day. After getting stuck in a bunker he lost out to Ben Curtis. But his bid for the 2011 Open title has started well.

The big Dane birdied the second, seventh and 12th to top the leaderboard at three under as the early starters battled with a brisk breeze.

Luke Donald nailed a a 10-foot putt on the third to get to one under and looks solid as he bids to claim his first Major title. Rory McIlroy, however, has not got off to sduch a great start.

He has clumped to two over after four holes and has not quite found the rhythm that carried him to an emphatic win at the US Open a month ago.

Young Englishman Danny Willett posted a good early score to finish one under. The Callaway star kept it nice and steady and was very happy to get into the clubhouse in red numbers. He was in first group out at 6.30am and is looking forward to his more sensible 11.31am tee time tomorrow!