British Open 2018: Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm in the mix as Kevin Kisner sets early target


CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm were in the mix early in Round 1 of the British Open as Kevin Kisner set the clubhouse target at 5 under par.

The glorious weather at Carnoustie was providing a basis for favorable scoring conditions on sun-baked fairways, and Kisner was among those to take advantage.

After reaching the turn at 2 under, aided by an eagle at the sixth, the American picked up a trio of consecutive gains between the 13th and 15th, and made two fabulous par saves at the closing two holes — including a brilliant effort out of the bunker at the last — to finish with a 66.

Kisner was one stroke clear of Erik van Rooyen, who bogeyed the 18th sign for 4 under, with Brandon Stone, Sung Kang and Zander Lombard a further shot back and all still out on course.

Spieth, who won last year’s tournament by three strokes, birdied the second and fourth, before scrambling for some decent par saves ahead of reaching the turn and was 2 under through 10.

Rahm was on the same score after nine holes having recorded three birdies and a bogey.

Winds are forecast to pick up slightly later in the day, which may make life slightly more difficult for the later starters including Rory McIlroy (12:53 p.m. local time, 7:53 a.m. ET), Dustin Johnson (1:04 p.m., 8:04 a.m.) and 14-time major champion Tiger Woods (3:21 p.m., 10:21 a.m.).

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