Who is favored to win British Open?
2021 British Open odds to win: Jordan Spieth emerges as championship favorite after 65 in Round 1. Louis Oosthuizen is in the top spot on the leaderboard, but Jordan Spieth, who is one stroke off the lead after Thursday's first round, is the new favorite to win the 2021 Open Championship. CBSSports.com2021 British Open odds to win: Jordan Spieth emerges as championship favorite after 65 in Round 1
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Spieth, the onetime Golden Child, has rediscovered his form after four years spent wandering in golf's wilderness. Oosthuizen, meanwhile, never lost his form ... if we define "form" as "runner-up, time and time and time again."
Either way, both ended the morning draw of the 149th Open Championship at the top of the leaderboard, Oosthuizen leading at -6, Spieth a stroke back.
The last time we saw Oosthuizen in a major, he was in the final pairing at the U.S. Open last month, but unable to hold off Jon Rahm's charge. It was yet another runner-up finish for Oosthuizen, his sixth since winning the Open Championship in 2010.
Oosthuizen took a little while to get going, but finished with a flawless bogey-free card, holing two birdies on the front nine and four on the way back in.
Spieth, meanwhile, played like the last four years since his victory at the Open Championship were but a mirage. After an early bogey, he ran off four straight birdies on the front nine, and another two on the back. His stroke was confident in a way Spieth hasn't been for years:
The day's most confounding round came from Will Zalatoris, who drained one shot from the fairway:
Rory McIlroy, still looking for major redemption after seven long years, seemed to begin the day well enough, birdieing his first hole — a full five strokes ahead of his first hole at the last Open Championship. But he would go on to bogey three straight holes on his front nine.
For PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson, the news was even worse: nine bogeys against exactly zero birdies, ending the day in dead last. Justin Thomas, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay and Patrick Reed were among the other big names who found themselves buried deep in the leaderboard after Thursday.
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SANDWICH, England (Reuters) -Jordan Spieth gave his big-hitting fellow American Bryson DeChambeau a masterclass in the complexities of links golf as the former champion began his latest British Open campaign in fine style on Thursday. Spieth, who claimed the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale in 2017 but whose form has slumped, recovered from an early bogey to card a five-under 65 -- producing a beautifully controlled round in a moderate breeze around the Royal St George's layout. Playing partner DeChambeau crunched a few trademark monster drives but all too often found himself chopping out of thick rough on his way to a disappointing one-over 71.
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