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The Tour Report

July 15 2010

5:52 AM

Siem adapts seamlessly

Marcel Siem had never played in a British Open before he teed off at 6:41 on Thursday morning with Loren Roberts and Mathew Goggin.

The 30-year-old German has proven to be a quick study, though. He birdied four of his first seven holes to take sole possession of the lead -- and even though John Daly has now passed him, Siem is hanging tough.

Siem, who is 4 under through 15 holes, has struggled this season on the European Tour where his only win came in 2004. His lone top-10 came last month at the Celtic Manor Wales Open when he finished solo seventh.

While he hasn’t had enormous success of late, though, Siem may have been destined to be a golfer. He started playing golf when he was 2 years old. His parents ran a restaurant at Burge Overbach golf course in Cologne, Germany, – Helen Ross