Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka slip back as rain halts play at British Open Golf

After opening with a superb 65 at Royal Birkdale on Thursday, Jordan Spieth picked up a birdie at the 1st but bogeyed the 3rd and dropped another shot at 9 after overshooting the green with his approach. Koepka, meanwhile, dropped a stroke at the notoriously difficult 6th hole to go back to four under par, where he remained at the turn.

other sports Updated: Jul 21, 2017 23:30 IST
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Jordan Spieth had earlier kept his card filled only with birdies and pars for a 5-under 65 after first round of British Open.(Twitter )

Overnight joint leaders Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka both dropped shots on the front nine in their second round at the British Open on Friday before play was halted by heavy rain.

With torrential downpours on the north-west English coast leaving some greens waterlogged, play was temporarily suspended just after 5:30pm (1630 GMT).

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After opening with a superb 65 at Royal Birkdale on Thursday, Spieth picked up a birdie at the 1st but bogeyed the 3rd and dropped another shot at 9 after overshooting the green with his approach.

That saw him drop back to four under par, although in increasingly heavy downpours, the world number three then saved par at the 10th by holing a chip from just off the back of the green.

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US Open champion Koepka dropped a stroke at the notoriously difficult 6th hole to go back to four under par, where he remained at the turn.

Matt Kuchar, the other joint leader overnight, shot 71 earlier in the day to lead in the clubhouse on four under par.

Also out on the course on -4 was Richard Bland. The Englishman, whose last Open appearance came here at Birkdale 19 years ago, built on his opening 67 with two birdies in the first four holes but then dropped a stroke at the 6th.

Ian Poulter was three under par after 16 holes, with world number two Hideki Matsuyama also -3 after eight holes.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 23:30 IST