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American Jordan Spieth, who cut a popular figure when he finished runner-up at the 2016 SMBC Singapore Open, opened up a two-shot halfway lead at The Open on Friday.
The former world number one put some daylight between himself and his rivals with an accomplished 69 in tough conditions at Royal Birkdale.
His six under par total gave him a two-stroke advantage over Matt Kuchar with England’s Ian Poulter, the Singapore Open champion in 2009, and Brooks Koepka a further shot adrift.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ll be feeling plenty of nerves heading into the weekend” said Spieth, who has won two Majors. “But this is what we want to feel. It’s what you expect any time you’re in the last group in a Major.”
Younghan Song, who pipped Spieth to the title in Singapore two years ago, made the cut by adding a 74 to his opening 71. The Korean qualified for The Open with a joint second place finish at this year’s SMBC Singapore Open.
The other three qualifiers - Jbe Kruger (76-72), champion Prayad Marksaeng (76-74) and Phachara Khongwatmai (74-80) - missed out on the weekend play.
Teenager Phachara remained upbeat despite slipping down the leaderboard with a second round 80.
“I don’t feel sad missing the cut because I had no expectations this week. For two days I experienced bad weather (during my rounds) but today was the worst. It was windy and cold on the first nine holes,” the 18-year-old Thai told Asian Tour.
“It is okay…I’m still young and have many more opportunities to qualify for The Open. I’m very happy to be here with the golf stars. Maybe next time I can come back and play better.” #SingOpen #TheOpen
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Former world number one Jordan Spieth, who impressed with his runner-up finish at the 2016 SMBC Singapore Open, played one of his best ever rounds in a Major to tie for the lead after the opening day of The Open at Royal Birkdale.
Spieth, a winner of two Majors, gave himself nine out of ten for his 65 that saw him share the lead with fellow Americans Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar.
“Everything was strong,” he said. “I give it a nine across the board for everything - tee balls, ball-striking, short game and putting. So things are in check.”
Younghan Song, who pipped Spieth to the SMBC Singapore Open title in 2016, finished the best of the four qualifiers from this year’s tournament, where the Korean finished joint runner-up.
He shot a one-over-par 71 while 18-year-old Phachara Khongwatmai was pleased with his 74 which he put together in the worst of the weather. 2017 champion Prayad Marksaeng and Jbe Kruger both signed for 76s.
Phachara paid dearly for one rushed swing at the sixth hole where he put his second shot into a deep greenside bunker and ended with a triple bogey seven.
“I only had one bad hole (the sixth). The referee said I was playing slow so I rushed my second shot and got into trouble,” he told the Asian Tour.
“Overall I’m still happy with my game. I didn’t feel nervous on the first tee. When I made my first birdie (fifth hole) I didn’t think too much of it because it was still early in the round. You can hit one bad shot here and you are dead.”
He will tee off his second round at 11.47 am on Friday and is hopeful he can still make the cut.
“I think I have a chance now. The conditions were very bad early in my round. I’m very happy with how I played. I look forward to (the second round), hopefully weather is not so bad,” said the highly rated teenager. #SingOpen #TheOpen
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The Fab Four who qualified for The Open at this year’s SMBC Singapore Open will be hoping to hit the right notes down Merseyside way this week.
Champion Prayad Marksaeng and joint runners-up Younghan Song, the 2016 winner, Phachara Khongwatmai and Jbe Kruger will tee it up at Royal Birkdale, near Liverpool, England, in the oldest Major of them all.
The 51-year-old Prayad, playing The Open for the sixth time, feared another poor draw but has been handed a beauty. He will go out with 2001 champion and former world number one David Duval of the United States and multiple winner on the Japan Tour, Korea’s K. T. Kim at 8.14am on Thursday.
Prayad, however, is still wary of the conditions that have played a big part in him missing the cut on all his previous appearances.
“This will be the sixth time I play in The Open. I feel that my game is in good shape. But it will be windy, cold and raining so it won’t be easy to control the ball. It will be a very difficult week,” he said.
The Thai told the the Asian Tour that he gets better with age and is looking forward to the challenge against the world’s best golfers at Royal Birkdale.
“Physically, I feel good. My mental game is also strong. I enjoy playing golf so I don’t feel stress. I keep walking fast on the course and I don’t feel like a senior. I have a natural swing and don’t use much power so that helps a lot,” he said.
“I am very happy because I can still match the young boys. The only difference in my game (from) 10 years ago? Maybe I putted better but overall, my game is good.”
His win at the SMBC Singapore Open and back-to-back successes on the Japan Tour so far this year are proof of that.
Teenager Phachara, 33 years younger than his veteran countryman, is just starting out on his career and will be looking to further polish his reputation with a good showing at The Open after missing the cut last year. He will be in the second group out at 6.46am.
South Africa’s Kruger is also playing in The Open for the second time after missing out on the weekend play in 2012 after going 68-76. He will tee off at 4.05pm while Song, who is making his debut in the year’s third Major, follows Prayad’s group on the first tee at 8.25am.
Best of luck, guys. #SingOpen #TheOpen #Asia'sGotTalent
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Birthday wishes to Adam Scott, whose record in the Singapore Open is second to none. Since 2005, he has won three times, finished third twice, placed fifth in 2012 and he tied for ninth place in this year’s SMBC Singapore Open.
Scott is currently playing the Scottish Open at Dundonald Links and will be looking to celebrate his 37th birthday with a good closing round to move up the leaderboard.
The 2013 Masters champion will seek his second Major at The Open next week. In 2008, the last time The Open was held at Royal Birkdale, Scott finished tied 16th. #SingOpen #ScottishOpen #TheOpen
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