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Kisner up early at British Open after 66

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CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) The silver claret jug was on the first tee Thursday morning at Carnoustie, a trophy that Kevin Kisner knows all too well.

Kisner flew home from the British Open last year with Jordan Spieth, a flight that was delayed while waiting on Spieth to finish up his duties as the champion golfer of the year. Just last week, Kisner was on the plane with Spieth to Paris to see the Ryder Cup course, and Spieth had to bring the jug along to return it to the R&A when they arrived at this links along the North Sea.

"And I'm staying with him this week, and he no longer has it," Kisner said. "He gave it back Monday. It would be cool to return the favor."

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Woods opens British with even-par 71

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):

8:35 p.m. Read More...

Defending champ Spieth stumbles to 72

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) Through 14 holes, Jordan Spieth was challenging for the lead in the British Open and making it look easy.

"Just a clean round of golf," he said. Read More...

Koepka finishes strong after rough start

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) Brooks Koepka stepped back in the sand, took a deep breath and composed himself ahead of a third shot from the greenside bunker.

Moments earlier, Koepka had been brought to his knees at Carnoustie amid a wild stretch of six dropped shots in five holes that left the U.S. Open champion unusually flustered at the British Open. Read More...

LPGA's Lincicome shoots 78 in PGA event

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) Brittany Lincicome has a huge hole to climb out of if she hopes to make golf history.

Lincicome shot a 6-over 78 in the first round of the Barbasol Championship on Thursday, leaving the LPGA Tour pro's goal of making the cut likely out of reach. Read More...

Vegas takes wild journey to Carnoustie

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) Jhonattan Vegas was forced to do plenty of scrambling before he even teed off in the British Open.

The Venezuelan golfer's wild journey to Carnoustie started last week and involved an expired visa, a seven-hour stakeout in a car outside a consulate in Houston, a hastily arranged helicopter ride across Scotland, and a lost set of clubs. Read More...

16-year-old follows ace with albatross

HALIFAX, Mass. (AP) A 16-year-old Thai player made a hole-in-one and an albatross on consecutive holes Thursday in an American Junior Golf Association tournament.

Conor Kelly aced the 198-yard, par-3 eighth, hitting a 5-iron for his first hole-in-one. Using the same ball on the 480-yard, par-5 ninth, he holed a 4-iron second shot from 220 yards for the albatross. Read More...

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