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Jul 16, 2015

Golf-Johnson turns tables on Spieth while Woods slumps

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 16 (Reuters) – Dustin Johnson sounded an ominous warning to grand slam-chasing Jordan Spieth by outmuscling the youngster to power his way to the top of the leaderboard in the British Open first round on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Johnson gave an object lesson in big hitting as he bulldozed his way to a pacesetting seven-under-par 65 in becalmed early weather conditions at the iconic Fife links.

Jul 16, 2015

Day backing fallen idol Woods to get back off canvas

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Australian Jason Day is backing former world number one Tiger Woods to arrest his slide after getting a close-up view of his idol and playing partner’s 76 in the British Open first round on Thursday.

The 39-year-old American’s round was littered with errant strokes as he plunged to a four-over-par score on the same St Andrews layout where he claimed the coveted Claret Jug in 2000 and 2005.

Jul 16, 2015

Two moments of magic lift home favorite Lawrie

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – A couple of spectacular shots propelled home favorite and 1999 champion Paul Lawrie to a six-under-par 66 in the first round of the 144th British Open on Thursday.

The 46-year-old Scot briefly led the 156-strong field after blitzing his way to seven-under through 13 holes before he bogeyed the 17th, the infamous par-four ‘Road Hole’ at St Andrews.

Jul 16, 2015

Golf-Two moments of magic lift home favourite Lawrie

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 16 (Reuters) – A couple of spectacular shots propelled home favourite and 1999 champion Paul Lawrie to a six-under-par 66 in the first round of the 144th British Open on Thursday.

The 46-year-old Scot briefly led the 156-strong field after blitzing his way to seven-under through 13 holes before he bogeyed the 17th, the infamous par-four ‘Road Hole’ at St Andrews.

Jul 16, 2015

Golf – High-flying Goosen shows he’s not so at home on the range

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Twice major winner Retief Goosen shrugged off a torrid session on the practice range to shoot a six-under 66 in the British Open first round on Thursday.

The 46-year-old South African is without a victory since 2009 but showed few nerves as he mixed seven birdies with a solitary bogey on a day when the calm conditions and the soft and receptive greens led to a string of low scores.

Jul 16, 2015

High-flying Goosen shows he’s not so at home on the range

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Twice major winner Retief Goosen shrugged off a torrid session on the practice range to shoot a six-under 66 in the British Open first round on Thursday.

The 46-year-old South African is without a victory since 2009 but showed few nerves as he mixed seven birdies with a solitary bogey on a day when the calm conditions and the soft and receptive greens led to a string of low scores.

Jul 16, 2015

Spieth makes fast start as Woods toils early at British Open

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – American whizzkid Jordan Spieth, hoping to make it three major victories in a row, was quickly into his stride early in the first round of the 144th British Open on Thursday.

While the 21-year-old was flying high towards the top of the leaderboard at five-under-par through seven holes, former world number one Tiger Woods was struggling to get to grips with the Fife links.

Jul 16, 2015

Spieth makes fast start as Woods toils early on

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – American whizzkid Jordan Spieth, hoping to make it three major victories in a row, was quickly into his stride early in the first round of the 144th British Open on Thursday.

While the 21-year-old was flying high toward the top of the leaderboard at five-under-par through seven holes, former world number one Tiger Woods was struggling to get to grips with the Fife links.

Jul 15, 2015

Spieth rejects unfair comparisons with Woods

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth is trying to ignore the inevitable comparisons that are being made between him and former world number one Tiger Woods, the American whizzkid said on Wednesday.

When the 21-year-old Texan won the U.S. Masters in April he became the second youngest recipient of the coveted Green Jacket after Woods.

Jul 15, 2015

I won’t be sleepy in St Andrews, says Spieth

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth will draw on the memory of back-to-back wins at the end of last season when he begins his quest to become the first player in 63 years to capture the first three majors of the campaign.

The American said it would be a simpler task to cope with jet-lag at this week’s British Open than it was in November and December when he followed his victory at the Australian Open by finishing first at the Hero World Challenge in Florida.

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