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Kisner leads Open Championship as McIlroy, Woods prepare to begin charge

Kisner leads Open Championship as McIlroy, Woods prepare to begin charge

Each of the last five major winners have been American golfers in their 20's, and at 29 years old Fowler would love to extend that streak to six straight.

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Fellow young Turks such as PGA Champion Justin Thomas, Masters champion Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka, who defended his US Open title last month, will be fancying their chances. I think it's going to pick up from now onwards.

The return of Woods, who inspired numerous 20-something Americans to take up the sport, will be intriguing to see if the sea air awakens the genius in him.

"The guys who have done well have been wonderful feel players and also wonderful lag putters", he said, citing Tom Watson, who almost won the Open at age 59 in 2009, and Greg Norman, who contended at Birkdale the year before at 53.

"I've always loved playing links golf", the 14-times major victor told reporters. Will this trend continue in this year's British Open, or will an established past victor come out on top this weekend?

"You get to places like Augusta National, where it's just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately", he said.

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In a Ryder Cup year the European challenge looks weak by comparison in the only major played outside the United States.

Other afternoon starters include reigning PGA champion Justin Thomas, Australia's Jason Day, and Ireland's Pádraig Harrington, victor of the last Open here 11 years ago.

Johnson teed off just after 1pm local time in a group behind McIlroy, who is looking to end a four-year major drought at the venue where he was the leading amateur as a teenager back in 2007.

"I'll just treat it like any other event", McIlroy told Golf World.

"It was playing as easy as it was going to play this whole week this morning, no wind at all". I'm not putting any pressure on myself. After all, this is the best of the best in the sport coming out and trying to win the Claret Jug.

"You don't have to be long to play at a links course", said the 42-year-old, whose swing speed is still among the fastest on tour, despite his creeping age and major back surgeries.

"Obviously, it has been a barren run for sure".