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    There was a surprise leader at the end of the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, today (Wednesday).

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    There was a surprise leader at the end of the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, today (Wednesday). Twenty-two-year-old British professional Peter Tupling turned in his best performance to load the star-studded field with a three-under-par round of 68.

    Tupling's putting was the key to his success. He mastered greens that baffled some of the world's greatest golfers.

    In second place at the end of the first day was another Briton, Tony Jackling, the 1969 Open champion. He finished with a 69 -- one stroke ahead of four other players, including the favourite for his years' title, American Jack Nicklaus.

    SYNOPSIS: Britain's star golfer, Tony Jacklin, showed good form to lead the field in early stages of the British Open Championship on Wednesday. Jacklin masted the tricky course at Muirfield, Scotland, to stay well under par during the first round. But for some erratic putting on Muirfield's difficult greens, Jacklin would have ended the day with a convincing lead. He completed the first round with a sixty-nine -- two strokes under per.

    South African Gary Player showed how it should be done with a good putt on the seventeenth green. But he finished the round two strokes down on Jacklin with a part seventy-one.

    The favourite for the title this year is Jack Nicklaus. He heads a strong American challenged, including the holder Lee Trevino. For most of the first round, Nicklaus was in contention with Jacklin for the lead. Victory at Muirfield would give Nicklaus three of the four classic golf championships he needs to complete the grand slam this year. He's already won the United States open and the american Masters. And he has now won a million-and-a-half dollars -- more than any other golfer in history. On his first round at Muirfield, Nicklaus trailed Jackling by one stroke after returning a seventy.

    But the cay's big surprise come from a young British folder, twenty-two-year-old Peter Tupling. He's virtually unknown on the world's golf circuits. But on Wednesday, he played the round of his life to lead the field with a sixty-eight -- three u???r par. Tupling mastered greens that had baffled some of the world's greatest golfers. But he came off the green saying that, by the law of averages, he didn't stand a chance of winning the final tournament.

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