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Daly, Woods among Thursday leaders in "The Open Championship"

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - Mercurial American golfer John Daly is off to a hot start in the British Open.

Daly birdied seven of the first 11 holes Thursday morning to move atop the leaderboard, taking advantage of benign conditions that threatened to turn worse at any moment.

Daly birdied the first two holes, had another at the sixth and ripped off four consecutive birdies

starting at No. 8 before the streak ended with a 4-footer than lipped out at the 12th.

Tiger Woods is the heavy favoite, but he has yet to win since returning in April from a five-month layoff stemming from the sex scandal.

Going with an iron, he knocked his first shot safely down the left side of the fairway and wound up with a par.

He birdied the second hole and just missed another at No. 3, leaving his putt hanging on the lip of the cup.

Weather figured to be a big factor.

And fog hung over the course at the start. But there was little wind and just a few sprinkles.

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