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Spieth signals early Open intent

American Justin Thomas, sporting a black tie, matched Poulter’s 67 to finish a shot ahead of world number two Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, Sweden’s Alex Noren and world number 520 Stuart Manley of Wales.Spieth hit just five fairways in the opening round at Royal Birkdale but cruised anyway, firing a bogey-free 5-under 65 to take an early two-shot lead when he entered the clubhouse.The 23-year-old is among those likely to face the sternest test on Friday afternoon, when gusts of over 30mph could potentially wreak havoc. So things are in check.”I’d call it a top five major round that I’ve played”. Texas Hold’em When is Manchester United vs Manchester City in Houston and what TV channel is it on?”I was disappointed early in the round not to make more of it”. He wound up hitting two of them.Following a win at the Travelers Championship in his last start, Spieth was listed as a co-favorite (alongside Dustin Johnson) at Royal Birkdale.He is not alone, though, with reigning US Open champion Brooks Koepka also shooting 65.”We had planned to take it off so it’s not a big deal”, said Koepka, who is trying to become the first person since Tiger Woods in 2000 to win the US Open and Open in the same year. “The key is hopefully I get a bit of momentum in the round but it’s not like you can go out and force it”.Spieth, who already owns a Masters and U.S. Open title, made three birdies on the front and two more on the back. It came up 15 feet short and I left the putt short.