Follow Speith, McIlroy and Woods around Carnoustie

Follow Speith, McIlroy and Woods around Carnoustie

Follow Speith, McIlroy and Woods around Carnoustie

Woods, who has not won a major since the 2008 US Open, also birdied the fourth and followed a bogey on the 10th with another birdie from 35 feet on the next, but dropped shots on the 13th and 15th and had to settle for a level-par 71.

On the plus side, however, Woods didn't appear to be showing any ill effects from what his camp called a bad night's sleep, one that led to a minor panic when Woods showed up at Carnoustie with black kinesio tape on his neck.

Tiger Woods played well at the British Open, but not well enough to challenge.

"If you get a feeling about somebody winning, my feeling is for Rickie", said Player.

Kevin Kisner decides what to do after hitting his ball into the Barry Burn on the 18th hole on Friday
Kevin Kisner decides what to do after hitting his ball into the Barry Burn on the 18th hole on Friday

CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND-Kevin Kisner took advantage of light winds and warm temperatures to shoot a 5-under 66 and take the early lead in the British Open, where defending champion Jordan Spieth was also in the mix on Thursday.

"The round could certainly have been a little better".

The bold youngster nearly holed out to leave himself dreaming of kissing the Claret Jug just like he did the Stonehaven Cup after the Australian Open triumph that earned him his ticket to Carnoustie.

"I felt like I was really going well", Spieth said. Granted, it did change a little bit out of the west at the end, but it's just hard to control that ball on the green, especially when it's rolling about 100 yards. "I feel good about the game", he said as he targets the $1.89 million first prize. "It's just that you were able to see this one".

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At the 15th, Spieth missed the fairway off the tee - he hit only 58 percent of fairways throughout the day - and knocked his second shot into a pot bunker. "No big deal, nothing major".

"But the misses toward the end were the exact misses that I've been having and I'm working away from". Maybe one of them gets a first, but I think most (if not all) will roll back to the pack over the final 54.

Even Scottish playing partner Russell Knox, who briefly stole the American's thunder with a superb eagle on the 14th, later described his hero Woods as a "mythical" figure.

Tiger Woods tees off on the sixth hole during a practice round for the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie.

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Players were greeted by the most parched fairways in recent times, a straw-coloured hue perhaps even drier than at the 2006 Open at Royal Liverpool.

Dustin Johnson, the world's No. 1 player, managed only one birdie in his round of 76, his highest start in the Open since his debut at Turnberry in 2009. If you hit bad shots around here, you get punished. He shot 41 on the front nine.

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