2021 Open Championship: Round 1 - Tee Shot on No. 3

The 2021 Open Championship

Jordan Spieth Makes the Most of a Mercurial British Open Course

Jordan Spieth, a born communicator, was, as usual, talking to himself, to his caddie, to his ball in flight and on the roll.

There was no shortage of good news to discuss on Thursday as Spieth dodged the danger and rolled in the birdies on the first day of the British Open.

It was Spieth’s first time playing Royal St. George’s, and you would never have known as he finished with a five-under-par 65, one shot off the lead held by Louis Oosthuizen.

“For the most part historically I’ve come into venues I’ve never seen before in any tournament, not just an Open, and I’ve always tried to find something I love about it,” Spieth said. “There’s been times recently where I’ve said, ‘Man, I just really don’t like this place.’ But I came in here, and I’ve been in a really good mood about it.”

Local knowledge is not necessarily power in golf, particularly when the wind picks up significantly in the afternoon.