Rory McIlroy one shot off first-round lead

Rory McIlroy

Jordan Spieth, who led after every round past year before winning the title on his first appearance at the event, was once again in lead, sharing it with Zach Johnson.

Harman has a one shot lead over Matt Jones (66), Russell Henley (65) and Zach Johnson (68) who are tied for second at nine-under 131.

"Just that celebration in general, I blacked out", Spieth said.

"There was a lot of fight in there but I fought my golf swing all day, as you could see coming down the last couple of holes", he told CBS television, citing poor iron shots down the stretch.

Spieth said last year's win in Cromwell gave him the momentum he needed to claim the British Open title.

McIlroy had just a wedge in hand for his approach to the last, but his back foot appeared to slip a little on his downswing which caused him to tug it left of the target, and his pitch left him a 10-foot putt to save par which slipped just past the cup.

"I have four weeks into Carnoustie and it's all about getting my head in the right place". He hit 12 of the 14 fairways and only missed three greens.

Bubba Watson stormed back from six strokes behind in the final round to overhaul Englishman Paul Casey and win the Travelers Championship by three strokes in Cromwell, Connecticut on Sunday.

But Johnson, who started on the 10th tee, had the day's most interesting round, which included just two birdies, but one incredible par save. I didn't hit the ball as well as I did yesterday.




"Putter feels great", he said.

"I felt there was a massive overreaction to it".

"I'm feeling pretty good".

Harman also began on the back nine and made three bogeys and three birdies before the turn, then birdied four of the first seven holes on his second nine of the day, the most impressive of them on a 25-foot birdie putt at the par-four fourth. But both shot a 63 to move into contention heading into the weekend, three shots behind the leader. Stricker birdied five of the first eight holes, bogeyed the par-5 ninth, and birdied Nos. Spieth said that his putting has improved and that he is more comfortable. "But yeah, I played it really smart today".

Johnson tied his career best by making six consecutive birdies on holes 11 through 16. He went out in a blistering four under 31, complete with an eagle on the sixth hole.

No. 7 Rory McIlroy?

No. 2-ranked Justin Thomas? "I probably watched it every single day it was so cool", Spieth said.

Fowler and Leishman have been playing solid and would love another good week before crossing over to Scotland for the Open Championship. You definitely get more momentum when guys are playing well. I couldn't really get into it. "I'm seeing my lines better and it's a matter of time I think before it gets to the level I've been at before". I was just in a weird mood today.

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