Johnson, Spieth favourites as Open begins

Today at the Open: Spieth, Koepka lead American invasion at Birkdale

Today at the Open: Spieth, Koepka lead American invasion at Birkdale

But the conditions improved and scoring was possible, with Spieth, the two-time major champion who is seeking his first claret jug, making the early running along with England's Ian Poulter.

World No. 3 Spieth, though, thinks the traditional Open weather lottery could discount half the field straight away.

The British Open began Thursday with an All-American flavor.

Most of the 11 Australians have early tee times tomorrow. "Assuming decent, tough enough conditions, it's a tournament for experience", Harrington said.

"And it's nearly impossible to win in that circumstance".

The danger might not be Kuchar, who grins like he's had a facelift, but Spieth who already has a reputation for staring down his opponents.

Today at the Open: Spieth, Koepka lead American invasion at Birkdale

"What I'm saying is, I doubt you'll see a dominance like that maybe ever again in the game". "I've struck the ball better than I did in '15".

On the other hand, a favorable draw can add pressure to perform, he says.

Constant 25-mph winds and gusts of up to 40 miles per hour took its toll on the best golfers in the world on Friday as scores ballooned. "Nothing said "4" about this hole".

He explained: "I think [the 12th] was playing about 162 yards". But I think it's exciting, exciting for us as players.

"And I'll be feeling it this weekend a bit". But he hit back with four birdies on the way home, including at 17 and 18.

Reigning champion Henrik Stenson, whose accommodation was burgled during Thursday's opening round, was two over with Dustin Johnson one worse off, while several big names - including last year's runner-up Phil Mickelson - missed the cut.

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"I don't think anyone was going to go down there, anyway", said Australia's world No.6.

"It won't stop me from trying to win it, though". He said he picked up his clubs only twice after winning before coming to Royal Birkdale. "It's not one dimensional". He won the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015 and had control of the 2016 Masters until his infamous triple bogey on the 12th hole at Augusta National.

Hometown hero Tommy Fleetwood also just squeezed through to the weekend's play, having flirted with the cut line for much of the day.

The Englishman is tied third at three under par along with US Open champion Brooks Koepka.

"I love links golf".

"But given the forecast coming in, I thought you really needed to be in the red today".

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"So much imagination that goes into it".

The R & A will now decide whether Koepka's actions on Friday breached the etiquette of the game, which requires "respect for the course" and "respect for your fellow players". You've really got to be creative.

That group is just four shots from the lead. It just takes a lot out of you.

A scroll through Royal Birkdale's Open roll of honor throws up some interesting narratives.

Spieth, third in the rankings and twice a major victor, will tee off alongside Swedish defending champion Henrik Stenson. "You have to be smart", he said. The beast of Birkdale stands in the way.

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After missing his par, Casey went on to drop another shot at the next hole when he skirted a short putt past the hole. Richie Ramsay is two-under, while behind him Rory McIlroy has given himself a chance going into the weekend.

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