Spieth takes lead

SOUTHPORT, England – It will clearly take more than blustering wind and hammering rain to stop Jordan Spieth at Royal Birkdale after he opened up a two-shot lead, posting a one under-par 69, in the second round of the British Open yesterday.

Spieth, who encountered the worst of the weather in both rounds, stands at six under-par 134 with compatriot Matt Kuchar, two strokes behind after his very solid 71.

As well as Kuchar, the Texan is also being chased by England’s Ian Poulter and another American, US Open champion Brooks Koepka, both three shots back.

Rory McIlroy refused to get bogged down by his first-round nightmare as he put himself in the frame with a fine round of 68 earlier in the day, moving to five shots off the lead.

But brimming with confidence and clearly able to adjust to the conditions, the 23-year-old Spieth looks well capable of winning a third major, to add to his 2015 Masters and US Open triumphs.

His round featured four bogeys, three birdies and an eagle — the latter coming on the 15th hole.

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