Spieth The Open favorite after seizing share of lead in Round 1

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 23, 2017

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"Any time you're in the last group on a weekend in a major - probably a dozen times I've had at least a share of the lead in major championships - you get nervous", he said.

Spieth is looking forward to playing on Saturday with Kuchar, his Ryder Cup team mate.

"The way he's putting, he's going to make some birdies". He was in a three-way tie for first after shooting 5-under 65 on Thursday.

Kuchar was the only one at 65 who played in the afternoon.

In a two-way tie for third place are Canadian Austin Connelly and 2017 U.S. Open Champion Brooks Koepka at -5.

After a lovely day that made for ideal scoring conditions, some weather is moving into the British Open.

"The back nine is playing really, really hard, so to birdie three of the first six and give myself that little bit of a cushion to play with was nice". And I feel like I've got a lot of experience for having played four.

Spieth has played a total of 69 career major championship rounds and has finished with the lead in 14 of them - a remarkable percentage of success.

"And that putt [for birdie] was very hard, because with any speed getting to the hole, the hole was on a crown, it was going to go three or four feet by, and then I've got a three- or four-footer for par for my putt". He didn't start the next season until the Phoenix Open, and he won for his first PGA Tour title.

Spieth was at 6-under 134.

Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar were walking down the 18th fairway together in the early evening Saturday with the Royal Birkdale grandstands jammed with fans on their feet in thunderous ovation when Kuchar stopped Spieth in his tracks for a moment.

That saw the 27-year-old birdie three holes in a row from the 11th, bogey 16 and then eagle the par-five 17th in sensational fashion as he holed out from a bunker. Kuchar stayed with him, making four birdies against a bogey on the front.

There were two critical junctures for Spieth on the back nine.

Koepka parred his first seven holes before a run of three successive birdies from the 11th.

Spieth turned a bogey or worse into an unlikely par by chipping in from just short of the 10th green.

Ian Poulter got big cheers from the home crowd as he made his way around. So comfortable that he ranked Friday's round among his top five all-time in the majors.

Jordan Spieth highlighted a clutch birdie putt on 15 as crucial and said he "couldn't ask for much more" after opening up a three-shot lead over Matt Kuchar heading into the final round of The Open.

Johnson looked like he might have a chance to match Grace's 62, which set a record for low score in a major championship.

"And this wind, it felt like every hole was a crosswind hole".

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