Spieth, Koepka, Kuchar lead American charge

Northern Ireland's Rory Mc Ilroy speaks to members of the media at a press conference at Royal Birkdale ahead of the 146th Open Golf Championship

Northern Ireland's Rory Mc Ilroy speaks to members of the media at a press conference at Royal Birkdale ahead of the 146th Open Golf Championship

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama chips a ball onto the 6th green during a practice round ahead of the British Open Golf Championship, at Royal Birkdale, Southport, England Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Spieth, who is still looking for his first claret jug, surged to the top of the leaderboard early with a 5-under first round.

"Sitting on the couch watching this morning I'd have taken even par (if offered) and I'd have stayed there", he said. So things are in check.

"But control of the ball off the tee is probably going to be the most important statistic for me this weekend".

"I couldn't have done much better today". And then Spieth stole a birdie at the end when his approach narrowly missed the bunker right of the green and had enough spin to stay on the putting surface for his final birdie. So essentially missed two greens today in some 15-mph winds. "It's soft, no wind, and the players finally get a breath".

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The Dallas, Texas, product comes into this week playing the best golf of those near the top of the world ranking - he's now third - having won recently at the Travelers Championship. He has a three-shot lead over Matt Kuchar and a six-shot lead over Brooks Koepka and Austin Connelly.

But a bogey on 16 dropped him back to six under and it was there where he remained with two pars on the remaining holes.

So too Adam Scott with Rickie Fowler, and Paul Casey.

Ian Poulter ground out a par round to be three strokes behind Spieth.

Spieth shot his second bogey-free, 5-under 65 of the week, capped by a long birdie putt on the 18th. That's when his coach, Cameron McCormick, offered him a piece of gum. "So it was a humbling experience that I thought at the time could serve me well going forward".

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A check of the forecast also ignited Spieth.

In the weather version of rock, paper, scissors - wind beats rain, both beat sun.

Fingers crossed the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale starting tonight will prove Jason Day's chronic back problems aren't career threatening. Had a chance to win.

"I made some key up-and-downs on the start of the back nine - they're the putts that haven't quite been going in over the past few weeks and that's all it takes to keep a round going". "I just think guys are learning, guys are getting stronger". "I understand that leads can be squandered quickly". "Because you're like, I can't shoot those scores". Being mentally prepared is key. And we'll see what happens. He will require a huge turnaround Friday night (Thailand time) to survive and play on the weekend. In fact he only played one round before arriving in England.

As well as Spieth, Kuchar and McIlroy, only six other players are under par for the championship.

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"One thing these babies don't like is water", veteran Getty Images photographer David Cannon said of his cameras, but added that extreme conditions do make for "great pictures". In the past was his last time leading a major, when he let a five-shot lead get away from him on the back nine a year ago at Augusta National.

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