Jordan Spieth sets standard at Open to share lead after first round

• Spieth joined on five under par by fellow Americans Koepka and Kuchar
• Casey one shot off lead, with Poulter on three under and McIlroy one over

Jordan Spieth waited 467 days for this. The truth is, so had the rest of us.

There have been few more painful episodes in sport – including for viewers who retain even an ounce of compassion – than Spieth’s late capitulation at the 2016 Masters. For all the analysis and introspection that followed, one thing has been missing: Spieth placing himself firmly in position to win another major championship. How would he handle it? Would glory matter more than previously? Did that Georgian affair irrevocably damage Spieth’s ability to close out on the big stage?

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