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British Open 2017: Tee Times, Pairings and Predictions for Sunday Schedule

Kuchar starts the closest to Spieth and would extend the string of first-time major champions to eight if he can win. My goal is to go out and play Royal Birkdale. Spieth was rarely in trouble. Even those odds — unusually long for McIlroy — looked way too short when the world No. 4 pulled his tee shot at the first, had a flier to the right of the green with his second shot, sent his chip shot through the green with his third, and two-putted for bogey.


Ian Poulter feeling his confidence rising at The Open Championship

Ian Poulter feeling his confidence rising at The Open Championship

McIlroy also shot 71 and was relieved. Having enjoyed fine conditions on Thursday, Day is prepared for the forecast of high wind during Round 2. Defending champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden stayed in contention with a 69 while world number one Dustin Johnson of the United States and four-times major victor Rory McIlroy battled to one-over 71s.



Pep talk from caddie inspires McIlroy at British Open

And Rory McIlroy looked pretty close to doing just that when he opened with five bogeys on his first six holes yesterday afternoon. A 1-under 69 just didn't cut it on a day of ideal conditions when Branden Grace was shooting 62 - the lowest ever score at a major - and Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar were shooting 65 and 66, respectively, in the final group.


Jordan Spieth seeking improvement despite two-shot lead

Jordan Spieth seeking improvement despite two-shot lead

So, yeah, there was a lot of quality out there and I was happy to see that. McIlroy has twice been sidelined this season with a rib injury suffered during extensive equipment testing over the winter, meaning he has played just 10 events despite the late addition of the Scottish Open to his schedule.


Jose Mourinho guarantees David De Gea is staying with Manchester United

Jose Mourinho guarantees David De Gea is staying with Manchester United

Today, though, has seen the technically-gifted striker's name paired with another of football's biggest clubs, in the form of Champions League holders Real Madrid . "I like my group and players, and I go with them, but I still have the hope I can have a third player, maybe a fourth". 'I'm going to always be jumping from keeper to keeper, match to match.