Spieth turns in a beauty on a nasty day at British Open

Spieth turns in a beauty on a nasty day at British Open

On Thursday McIlroy was five-over through his first six holes - on Friday he was three under par after the same stretch.

Former champion Rory McIlroy (2014) continued his comeback from an opening-round string of bogeys, chipping in on the fourth hole for one of three birdies in his opening six holes.

That put him within three shots of the lead held by Matt Kuchar, a seemingly unthinkable prospect at the same point yesterday.

Spieth was at 6-under 134.

Grace said he was trying to finish the round without a bogey and wanted to make one final birdie on the last hole.

NOTEWORTHY: There were no birdies all day on the 499-yard par-4 13th hole. He broke the previous mark of 63 by making eight birdies against no bogeys, finishing with a par from just off the back of the green on the 18th hole.

The British Open began Thursday with an All-American flavor. "I think probably a dozen times I've had at least a share of the lead in a major championship, you get nervous", said Spieth.

Playing with Australian Jason Day, American Zach Johnson returned a brilliant 66 to soar to one over in his quest for a third major title after winning the 2015 Open at St Andrews and the 2007 Masters. The back nine is playing really, really hard.

"I think anything around even par today is going to be a great score".

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Kohli went on to score his half-century and then chose to retire, thus allowing other batsmen to have a go. The President's XI side bowlers were punished by the Indian batsmen as they scored at a quick pace.

England's Ian Poulter (70) and first-round American co-leader Brooks Koepka (72) were another shot back while Scotland's Richie Ramsay (70) finished the day alone in fifth at 138.

A bogey came at 14 before the highlight of his day, an eagle at the par-5 15th. "And I felt that out there today, just because of the lack of self-belief I had going out".

O'Meara's first shot was lost in the gorse, he made a quadruple-bogey 8 and was on his way to an 81.

Grace's record round moved him near the top of the leaderboard, just two shots behind Jordan Spieth.

"Because of the way I started, I actually feel really positive", he added.

"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".

And the 35-year-old from Johannesburg got off to a flying start with birdies on the first, third and fifth before picking up further shots on the 10th and 17th to get back to level par for the tournament. "As long as I approach it positively and recognize that this is what you want to feel because you're in the position you want to be in, then the easier it is to hit solid shots and to create solid rounds".

Where 39 players wound up under par Thursday in the agreeable sea air, the number which remained there had whittled to 16 by midafternoon Friday. He said some putts were distilled to "basically luck because it's moving around so much", and that, "It really is like you're hitting the shots and the ball's just doing whatever", and, in calm closing, "It's not much fun".

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