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5 things you missed Thursday morning at The Open Championship

The Open Championship began in the wee hours of Thursday morning, but while you were sleeping, there was plenty of action taking place.

 Here’s everything you need to know to get caught up on the early action.

1. Journeyman in the lead

Mackenzie Hughes is setting the early pace at Royal St. George’s as he holds the lead at five-under through 13 holes. Hughes is playing in his first Open Championship, so this is a bit of uncharted territory for him. However, as history shows, Cinderella stories are not uncommon at Royal St. George’s. Ben Curtis will tell you that. 

2. Spieth in the hunt

Jordan Spieth has had a redemptive 2021 thus far, but his next major title has still eluded him. Will The Open serve as the stage for his return to the top of the sport? Early returns have been promising. Spieth is currently three-under through 13 during his opening round and sits firmly in the hunt. The three-time major winner’s day got off to a pedestrian start as he was one over through four, but four straight birdies from Nos. 5-8 got Spieth to three-under at the turn. He’s yet to card a birdie on the back nine but still sits just one back of the early lead.

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