St Andrews (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Jordan Spieth got his bid for a third straight major title off to a strong start at the British Open on Thursday, birdieing his first two holes and getting to three under after five holes.
The 21-year-old Texan sensation is aiming to become just the second man, after Ben Hogan in 1953, to win the Open Championship in the same year as the Masters and US Open.
He says he is fully aware of the historical implications of winning this week, and says it can be done even though he had not previously played a competitive round at the Old Course.
Spieth sunk a six-footer at the wide-open first at St Andrews and then went two under with an eight-foot putt at the second.
He could have been three-under after three holes at the next, but watched a nine-footer slip past. But he was on in two at the fifth and secured his third birdie of the day.
Sweden's David Lingmerth was the early pace-setter, birdieing the first four holes and then reaching the turn in seven under 29.
It was clear early on that the conditions were perfect for low-scoring out on the Old Course and the 27-year-old Flordia-based Swede was three shots clear of the field at that stage and on target to fire the first 62 in major golf history.
Dustin Johnson, who took second place behind Spieth at the US Open, and was playing alongside him Thursday was at four under after five holes.
Tiger Woods had a bad start and was two over after two holes both due to poor approaches.