The British Open Championship has started from St. Andrews and the PGA Tour leaderboard for the major tournament has Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth off to strong starts into the second round at the 144th Open and it comes with Zach Johnson, Jason Day and Kevin Na in the mix, while Tiger Woods had a rough round over par.
Spieth comes in after winning the US Open and he has a grand slam chance still alive with his Masters win from earlier in the year. Dustin Johnson started off strong and opened with a seven under par to take the lead at the British Open, while Zach Johnson was second in a group at six under and one stroke back of Johnson. Spieth comes in at two under with a 67 and Tiger Woods posted a 76 and that was his worst score ever at St Andrews.
Louis Oosthuizen is five under and he previously has won this tournament at St Andrews, taking the Open in 2010 for the Claret Jug. Johnson was consistent throughout his round and he had an eagle on a par-5 holes and he also had five birdies on the day. Spieth was strong once again after winning the US Open, finishing the round with seven birdies and two bogeys.
Spieth has the chance to win the grand slam this year and one of the main reasons why is his play in the first round at majors. ESPN reports that Spieth has put up a score that is 15-under par overall and he has 20 birdies in the first round of majors this year. Spieth is in good position heading into the second day, as the last six Open Championships saw winners come out of the "top five and within two shots of the lead after the first round," per ESPN Stats.
ESPN has the coverage of the tournament and for the joy of all east coast fans, the coverage begins at 4 am ET and has online streaming from WatchESPN (Check here for the link). Woods has not been able to get things together and he started off with a bad round in the Open after previously having his worst score there as a 73. Woods is four over and he will have to find a way to beat the course on Friday or he may end up missing the weekend at a major again. The weather is not expected to be great and that could make things tough for the golfers on the course once things pick up.
Spieth is looking to win the calendar grand slam and no one has ever done that and this could be his toughest challenge to make it happen. Woods has slipped hard in the rankings and he is fading out and this has highlighted the ability of Spieth to play so well at majors at a young age. Spieth won at Chambers Bay and now he is trying to add the Claret Jug to his trophy case at the Open Championships.