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British Open scores 2017: Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, and Brooks Koepka lead after Day 1

Three Americans sit atop the Open Championship leaderboard at 5-under 65 after play Thursday.

At the end of the first day at Royal Birkdale, Americans Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka, and Matt Kuchar are tied for the lead at the Open Championship, each at 5-under 65. Paul Casey and Charl Schwartzel follow a stroke behind.

Spieth entered the Open tabbed as co-favorite, along with U.S. Open winner Dustin Johnson. However Johnson had a rather uneventful round, following a birdie on the second hole with bogeys on the seventh and 14th to finish at 1-over 71, good for T58.

Ulsterman Rory McIlroy opened the day on a horrible note, bogeying five of his first six holes, but he finished up with four birdies on the back nine for 1-over, as well. He might have been helped by the, er, pep talk, by his caddie, J.P. Fitzgerald.

On the sixth tee, Fitzgerald voiced what everyone else may have been thinking (via Golf Channel): “You’re Rory McIlroy. What the f--- are you doing?”

Then again, McIlroy may have needed the reminder after missing his last two cuts and three of his last four.

It was Spieth, though, who put on a clinic. He finished the day without a bogey, sinking three birdies on the front nine and adding two more on the back. He hit 83 percent of his greens in regulation to make his day a bit easier.

Koepka made the turn at 1-over himself, birdied the 11th through 13th holes before finally recording a bogey on the 16th. He didn’t take long to make up for it, sinking an eagle on the 17th to get back to 5-under for the day.

Kuchar also put up a bogeyless first round in sharing the lead. He scorched the front nine for 5-under before putting up par on every hole after the turn.

Also of note was the round by Spaniard Jon Rahm. He shot 1-under 69, following the decision to rescind a two-stroke penalty he drew on the 17th hole when he adjusted a plant. Officials decided it did not affect his lie so should therefore not constitute a rules violation. He, too, sits at T26.