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Matt Kuchar claims share of British Open lead

Matt Kuchar joined Jordan Spieth and US Open champion Brooks Koepka in an all-American top of the leaderboard

other sports Updated: Jul 21, 2017 00:24 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
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USA’s Matt Kuchar acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green after completing his first round at the British Open.(REUTERS)

Matt Kuchar had a stunning front-nine to thank as he shot a five-under-par 65 to claim a share of the clubhouse lead in the first round of the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Thursday.

The giant 39-year-old American had five birdies in his first nine holes as he went out in just 29.

There were no more birdies on the way back but he didn’t drop a shot all day and that allowed him to join Jordan Spieth and US Open champion Brooks Koepka in an all-American top of the leaderboard.

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Behind them, England’s Paul Casey -- who came third in St Andrews in 2010 -- had five birdies and one bogey in a 66 to sit at four-under.

His fellow countrymen Ian Poulter and Richard Bland are three under par along with Justin Thomas and the Canadian Austin Connelly.

Among those lurking at two-under are Japan’s world number two Hideki Matsuyama, Sweden’s Alex Noren, the world number nine, and twice former winner Ernie Els of South Africa.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 00:24 IST