There is a three-way USA tie at the top of The Open leaderboard, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar and Brooks Koepka lead the American assault of Royal Birkdale on day one, shooting 65’s.
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Brooks, Jordan and Matt all fired first rounds at The Open of -5 under par 65, to lead by one shot.
Jordan was bogey free today, and said he could not have done better, but did miss a couple of putts;
“I couldn’t have done much better today.”
“I still missed tee shots, a couple more than I really wanted to. And I had a couple of putts that were within 10, 12 feet that missed.”
“But it was really, really solid all around.”
Brooks, the U.S. Open champion arrived early in the week to learn the Royal Birkdale course, and feels comfortable out there;
“It feels back in the routine now.”
Two players are tied in fourth place at -4 under par, carding -4 under 66, Paul Casey, England and Charl Schwartzel from South Africa.
Last weeks winner at the Scottish Open, Rafa Cabrera Bello, from Spain, is in the group of five players at -3 under par, alongside Ian Poulter, who is making a good comeback from injury;
“Last year I was commentating for the first two days, which was difficult.”
“I think that’s one of the most difficult things I’ve done.
“It’s too easy to get down when you’re not playing those big tournaments and it’s easy to get down when golf seems to be pretty difficult.”
“It’s the feeling I used to have to know to play well in a Major or WGC, it really helps. It’s a great feeling, it really is.”
“Today has meant a lot.”