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Five Aussies four from first-round leader Jordan Spieth at Open

Fri, Jul 21, 9:09am by Head Editor

Five Aussies sit four shots off the pace after the opening round of the British Open at Royal Birkdale, and with wild weather predicted to hit the course during the second round, including wind gusts of up to 65 kilometres per hour howling off the Irish Sea, they’re well positioned.

The man that Jason Day, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Aaron Baddeley, and major championship rookie Andrew Dodt are trying to catch is two-time major winner Jordan Spieth, who shot an impressive 65 to claim a share of the lead at Royal Birkdale.

Starting the day as the favourite at $14, the Texan’s odds have been slashed into $4.50, following an opening round that included five birdies. Joining him at five under par are his countrymen Matt Kuchar ($11) and Brooks Koepka ($8.50).

England’s Paul Casey ($13) is one shot back at four under, with South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel ($19). Casey’s compatriot Ian Poulter ($29) is one shot behind that pair, after shooting a 67, which is the lowest he’s ever gone in the opening round of a major.

Rory McIlroy’s hopes of a second Open crown looked dashed when he made five bogies in the opening six holes, but the Northern Irishman bounced back, shooting four birdies on the back nine, to get back to one over. He’s still in the hunt at $23.

It could have been even better for world number six, Day, who shot four birdies, but also three bogies. He’s in from $36 to $26 to become the first Aussie since Greg Norman in 1993 to lift the Claret Jug.

Scott, Leishman, and the forgotten man, Baddeley, are all alongside Day at one under the card. Scott is in from $29 to $23 to avenge his 2012 collapse, when he bogeyed the final four holes to hand Ernie Els the win.

Leishman, who finished as the best placed Aussie at the last major, the US Open, is now considered a $34 chance, in from $51, while Baddeley remains a long shot, at $251.

Dodt made a dream debut to his major career, storming home with three straight birdies, to also sign for a 69. He is at $501.

Sportsbet Markets

Outright Winner

Spieth, Jordan $4.50

Koepka, Brooks $8.50

Kuchar, Matt $11

Casey, Paul $13

Matsuyama, Hideki $17

Thomas, Justin $19

Schwartzel, Charl $19

Rahm, Jon $21

Stenson, Henrik $21

Cabrera Bello, Rafael $23

McIlroy, Rory $23

Scott, Adam $23

Johnson, Dustin $23

Fowler, Rickie $26

Day, Jason $26

Noren, Alexander $29

Poulter, Ian $29

Hoffman, Charley $34

Leishman, Marc $34

Rose, Justin $41

Pieters, Thomas $51

Berger, Daniel $51

Watson, Bubba $61

Fitzpatrick, Matthew $67

Grace, Branden $67

Garcia, Sergio $71

Johnston, Andrew $81

Wiesberger, Bernd $81

Els, Ernie $81

Stricker, Steve $81

Luiten, Joost $81

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