Leader Spieth's eagle helps him beat tough conditions at Open

Leader Spieth's eagle helps him beat tough conditions at Open”

But brimming with confidence and clearly able to adjust to the conditions, the 23-year-old Spieth looks well capable of winning a third major to add to his 2015 Masters and US Open triumphs.

England's Ian Poulter made light of tough conditions to shoot a rock-solid 67 in the British Open first round at Royal Birkdale on Thursday and move behind American leaders Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka.

"He was rolling it superbly that week, and I don't think it was that far behind today", Stenson said.

".I think I'll sleep a lot better tonight". And I've kind of seen a bit of everything in four years' time. Should he prevail in Southport, it would be his third career major to date and first Claret Jug.

Having lost his world No.1 ranking but not his mother, Day accepts the trade-off after emerging from a harrowing few months that brought home important perspective, but zero trophies.

It doesn't seem fair and those who complain usually don't last that long. He knows his weaknesses and he knows how to play away from them.

"Just go play golf and shoot the lowest you can", he said. "You probably didn't understand me".

The incident happened while the Swede was playing his first round on Thursday.

For the sake of fan and player safety, officials have introduced a local rule to prevent the world's premier golfers from taking a "Tiger line" down the 10th fairway from the ninth tee.

He came up short in both categories after missing the cut in the Valero Texas Open in April, but American Brian Gay, who was also playing on a medical exemption after back problems, then alerted officials to a discrepancy in the points structure used for players competing in that category. He pointed to Jon Rahm's performance at last week's Irish Open as an indication that four is too small a number when discussing the best players in the game. "It was the smart shot and it was really nice to capitalize on it". I was shaking so I was pretty pleased to make contact. Spieth rolled in a 35-foot birdie putt across the 11th green, and then after watching Henrik Stenson's tee shot on the par-3 12th land softly, Spieth realized he could take on the flag. It also puts into perspective just how remarkable the run by Tiger Woods was. And that certainly won't be the last one I'll have either, but that up-and-down was harder than hitting a 7-iron to 15 feet and making it.

"Just being a fan thinking, this is incredible". Athletes are going to golf. My dad now walks the dog, you start to the right of the 18th green, and you can walk all the way around past 17 at the back of the 16th green, eventually you get to a hillside and it's all one great walk.

That could mean an extension of the streak of first-time major winners here this week; it now sits at seven.

Nevertheless, Johnson, 33, has remained the favourite for the $1.845 million first prize with most bookmakers this week, while fourth-ranked McIlroy looks to climb out of a worrying slump.

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