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Norman struggles at Senior British Open

July 24, 2008 at 9:20 PM   |   Comments

AYSHIRE, Scotland, July 24 (UPI) -- Eduardo Romero and Bruce Vaughan shared the lead Thursday after the opening round of the Senior British Open.

Defending champion Tom Watson had a good start at Royal Troon, but Greg Norman struggled after almost making golf history last week in the British Open.

Romero and Vaughan shot a 3-under 68, giving them a one-shot edge over Andy Bean, John Cook, Kirk Hanefield and Nick Job. Watson was in a six-way tie for seventh at 71. Included in that group was Bernhard Langer.

Norman led into the final round at Royal Birkdale last Sunday and a win would have made him the oldest major champion in golf history. But the 53-year-old Norman finished six shots behind champion Padraig Harrington and he began this tournament with a 75.

"This golf tournament is like any other, you just need to hang in," Norman said. "There's more than one round to a golf tournament."

Watson won five British Open titles and he has captured three of the last five Senior British Opens.

"I didn't hit every fairway, but I hit every green today," Watson said. "I don't think I've ever hit 18 greens on the tour ever in my life."

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