Published: Sun, July 23, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

British Open: Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar claim lead at Birkdale

British Open: Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar claim lead at Birkdale

Spieth, world number three and twice major champion, putted smoothly to pick up five birdies and did not drop a shot as fierce crosswinds buffeted the early starters at Royal Birkdale. In his first bogey-free round in the Open, Spieth made five birdies.

Only nine players were under-par after two rounds, with the cut falling at five-over. So things are in check. "It's just about keeping it consistent", said Spieth, who fueled himself up on a breakfast of eggs, bacon, avocado on toast and orange juice.

" ... I couldn't have done much better today".

"Unfortunately it's the first cut I've missed this year and I missed it with a lot of flair. So it hasn't really sunk in, I don't think yet".

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"There will be nerves, for sure, in the next couple of days but controlling ball off the tee takes a lot out of it", he said.

It meant Spieth was still tied with Koepka, Kuchar and Richard Bland at the top, with Poulter a shot behind.

Former champion Mark O'Meara had a nightmare start with a quadruple-bogey eight as he got the 146th Open Championship under way at Royal Birkdale in rainy and breezy conditions. Koepka holed a short bunker shot for eagle on the 17th and made just one bogey on the ancient links by the Irish Sea. "Payne Stewart used to do it and it served him well". As delightful as Thursday was, it will be equally awful on Friday.

He and the morning crew got a bit of a battering from the winds that swirled and gusted across the Royal Birkdale course, but they were safely in the clubhouse long before torrential rain showers arrived as anticipated in the late afternoon.

"I don't come in with a game plan, so I did not have to make any changes", he said. "So keep doing what I'm doing and playing well". At least I feel I got myself back out of the hole I was in and get back into the tournament. Had a chance to win.

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"I don't know if we'd be on any better score if I was on the other side of the draw". I'm kind of prepared for the worst, having experienced it before. "I can understand if guys are actually going to think about going there".

"You feel like you're hitting so much club", Spieth said. Being mentally prepared is key.

Kuchar is seeking to be the eighth consecutive first-time major victor. But once he got here, he played every day leading up to the championship. "No one is really standing out and sort of taking it by the scruff of the neck", said McIlroy yesterday. "Getting back to the gym was tough, but if I'm mentally recharged then so is my swing".

"I just wanted to get back inside the ropes. That's just what I've always done".

He rarely looked in trouble on his outward nine, narrowly missing a birdie on the 5th, before picking up a shot a hole later when his fantastic approach rolled out to five feet. It just doesn't ever seem like I'm fully ready to play.

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Conditions were really hard today, certainly what we expect coming over here. It's nice to come back. "Whatever nature gives you, you've got to obviously try to respond with a golf shot". And anytime you're excited, you're extremely focused when you're out here. "It started clearing up when we got to the first tee", said Els, a victor of this championship in 2002 and 2012.

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