Koepka, Kuchar, Spieth share Open lead

Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar hold a share of the lead after the first day of play at The Open.

Spieth and Kuchar both finished with bogey-free rounds at Royal Birkdale, while Koepka eagled the par 5 17th to share the overnight lead at -5.

Paul Casey and Charl Schwartzel are a shot back, with Ian Poulter among six players two shots off the lead. For Poulter a three-under 67 was his best start to a Major in his career.

Scots Martin Laird and Richie Ramsay finished on -2.

Reigning champion Henrik Stenson is still in touch after shooting -1, along with England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick and Andrew Johnston.

Rory McIlroy dropped five shots in the first six holes but pulled his score back to +1 with an excellent back nine. He is joined by Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and Danny Willett.

Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson (both +3) and Darren Clarke (+5) could all be in danger of missing the cut and Royal Birkdale local Tommy Fleetwood finished on tied 133rd at +6.

Cover Photo: Matt Kuchar by Omar Rawlings used under license by CC BY-ND 2.0.

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