PGA Open: Jordan Spieth's 65 stretches lead to 3 shots

Fearsome 6th hole the ultimate test at Birkdale

On the 15 par-five, Spieth looked to have left the door open for Kuchar to move level when he dragged his third shot 10 foot wide.

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

He made the par putt - Spieth made a lot of putts on Thursday - picked up a two-putt birdie on the 17th and narrowly missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the last.

It's moving day at the Open today and England's Ian Poulter will be hoping to still be in the mix when his third round finishes later.

The Open without the winds and the weather conditions playing a key role in the tournament, the links courses are very gettable.

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

"Because you're like, 'I can't shoot those scores".

"He might not have played as well tee to green but his flat stick has been working very much the same way", Stenson said.

On the other hand, Rickie Fowler said: "It was fun".

The forecast for Thursday is mostly fine with winds gusting to 20-25 miles per hour in the afternoon, while Friday will be breezy in the morning with outbreaks of rain in the afternoon. If you take some time off and kind of recharge mentally, physically, I feel like I'm in really good shape right now, even with that time off. "If I'm mentally recharged, my swing is".

He was nervous on the first tee, not quite believing how many spectators were watching him. There are a few tricks here and there that you can apply to golf.

"I've always loved this tournament because my birthday has been on or around it and I love going to work on my birthday - I genuinely do", Casey said. "It's not possible.' And that's frustrating when you think you can play your best and it doesn't happen".

The best second round score came from American Zach Johnson, the 2015 victor, who shot 66.

He laughed at the memory at Royal Birkdale Wednesday, another who has realized the danger of bemoaning your lot and talking your way out of it.

American Phil Mickelson, 2013 Open champion, shot 73, local favorite Tommy Fleetwood, the world number 14, could only manage a scrappy 76 and Mark O'Meara endured a day to forget on his return to the course where he won the 1998 Open. "I felt like I drove it all right". I never felt like I was out there trying to beat Jordan. Just as important, there are only five players between the former No. 1 and the lead.

In the 13 days between the time he got home and got on a plane for The Open, Koepka's golf consisted of that one round with his manager. We had a couple awfully challenging days there at the Scottish Open. I'm going to love to grab that thing with two hands, if I can.

"Everything was strong. I thought I'd give it a nine across the board for everything - tee balls, ball-striking, short game and putting".

"So much imagination that goes into it. But I enjoy it because as long as I approach it positively and recognize this is what you want to feel, because you're in a position you want to be in, then the easier it is to hit solid shots and create solid rounds". "And got off to a really good start today", Johnson said. It's not just a stock shot like it is in America.

More than that, however, is just the way he's found ways to score.

The four-week break was planned before Koepka won his first major at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, mainly because of a big stretch at the end of the year that included a pair of majors, a World Golf Championship, four FedEx Cup playoff events and the Presidents Cup.

World No.3 Spieth, 23, is chasing a third major and first since back-to-back wins in 2015; Kuchar, 39, is bidding for his first major title. Mark O'Meara, a victor at Royal Birkdale in 1998 who is playing in his last British Open, hit the opening tee shot.



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