I’ll need to be at the top of my game to land Open

Jordan Spieth has made a stunning start to the Open. Picture by Michael Gillen.
Jordan Spieth has made a stunning start to the Open. Picture by Michael Gillen.

He may be the punters’ favourite to win the Open - but Jordan Spieth knows he’ll have to be at his very best to pick up the Claret Jug on Sunday.

Spieth is just the sixth player in history to win the first two Majors of the season and is therefore half way to completing golf’s grand slam.

Many fancy the 21-year-old to go three quarters of the way to completing that feat this weekend but, despite the absence of his main challenger, world number one Rory McIlroy, Spieth says there’s plenty of other dangers in the field.

After shooting a -5 67 to begin his campaign, he said: “I’m very pleased with the start I made but I saw a 65 in our group.

“And if DJ (Dustin Johnson) keeps driving it the way he is then I’m going to have to play my best golf to have a chance.

“It’s hard to argue with someone who is splitting bunkers at about 380 yards and just two-putting for birdie on five or six of the holes when there’s only two par 5s.

“I don’t have that in the bag, so I’ve got to make up for it with ball striking.”

Spieth expects to have to handle the worst that the Scottish elements can throw at him tomorrow - but reckons that’s all part of the challenge.

“You need to put yourself in a position where you have shots to spare and not worry about a cut line or anything.

“It’s going to be brutal tomorrow.

“We just don’t know when the rain is going to start, when it’s going to stop and if it’s going to come back.

“I think that tomorrow will be a true Scottish day and we should enjoy the challenge ahead.

“But today was a good day to get off to a good start.”

Current leaderboard (17.05):

1 Dustin Johnson -7

T2 Robert Streb, Retief Goosen, Paul Lawrie, Jason Day, Zach Johnson -6

T7 Jordan Niebrugge (A), Kevin Na, Charl Schwartzel, Jordan Spieth, Louis Oosthuizen, Marc Warren, Danny Willet Cameron Tringale, Geoff Ogilvy -5