A glance at the first round of the British Open

Spieth AscendantJordan Spieth, sporting a vest and a fierce iron game, played Phil Mickelson-style golf-getting into and out of trouble with flair-en route to the top of the leaderboard.The world No 4 missed the cut by a distance at the US Open and also failed to make the weekend over the last two weeks at the Irish and Scottish Opens, although he steadfastly maintains he is very close to rediscovering his best.That said, Koepka said there was little tangible emotion that he felt in playing his first round as a major champion. I feel like it’s all coming together.”I’ve had a chance to win [when finishing a shot outside a play-off at St Andrews in 2015]”. I think everybody thinks Royal Birkdale is just a fantastic test of golf. I was trying to look within myself.Austin Connelly was the top Canadian after Thursday’s play, sitting just two strokes back of the leaders with an opening round of 3 under.The Ryder Cup star holed a lengthy putt at the sixth after initially driving into the rough and then finding a greenside bunker, but he could not get up and down from sand at the seventh dropped back to one under. “They did their part, I just didn’t do mine”.The course’s website states: “Smart attire is essential, golf shoes are to be worn; smart tailored shorts may be worn with knee length socks or short socks; sports shorts and combat/cargo shorts are not permitted”. “I’m not going to change”.”There’s so many good players now, ” said Brooks Koepka, who as the U.S. Open victor last month at Erin Hills was the seventh consecutive first-time major victor. It was an wonderful atmosphere, something you don’t get very often.”I still feel I’m in the golf tournament”, said McIlroy, who was six shots off the lead held by American players Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar. “Sometimes you try to be flawless and not end up trusting it enough”.”And then you’ve got guys like Henrik [Stenson] and Dustin, who in that past seven stretch are guys who are still young but guys who have been around in contention many, many times and it was sooner or later going to happen and it did. If you can’t get up for that, you might as well go home”.If you had the same thoughts and the same feelings each week and that’s what worked for you every single week, the game would be easier than it is. It’s nearly like life, there’s ups and downs, and it’s never sort of that linear sort of direction.Fleetwood had large numbers following him throughout while playing partner and world number two Hideki Matsuyama, who finished tied-second at the US Open, commanded huge Japanese media attention.The last thing he wanted to do was try to make up ground in bad weather.”When I’m compared to him it’s really handsome to hear those words”. “And it’s quite nice to go through qualifying, go out there, post a red number today, when the last time I played here in 2008 was a pretty good 69 on a tough day as well”. But I’m working on it.