St Andrews - Jordan Spieth got his bid for a third straight major title off
to a strong start at the British Open on Thursday, birdieing his first two
holes and getting to three under after five holes.
The 21-year-old Texan sensation is aiming to become just the second man,
after Ben Hogan in 1953, to win the Open Championship in the same year as the
Masters and US Open.
He says he is fully aware of the historical implications of winning this
week, and says it can be done even though he had not previously played a
competitive round at the Old Course.
Spieth sunk a six-footer at the wide-open first at St Andrews and then went
two under with an eight-foot putt at the second.
He could have been three-under after three holes at the next, but watched a
nine-footer slip past. But he was on in two at the fifth and secured his third
birdie of the day.
Sweden's David Lingmerth was the early pace-setter, birdieing the first four
holes and then reaching the turn in seven under 29.
It was clear early on that the conditions were perfect for low-scoring out
on the Old Course and the 27-year-old Flordia-based Swede was three shots clear
of the field at that stage and on target to fire the first 62 in major golf
His hopes were shattered, however, with bogeys at 11 and 14, though, at five
under, he still shared the lead with fellow American Robert Streb and South
Africa's Retief Goosen.
Dustin Johnson, who took second place behind Spieth at the US Open, and was
playing alongside him on Thursday was at four under after five holes.
Tiger Woods had a bad start and was two over after two holes both due to