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Spieth, Koepka and Kuchar share the lead after first round of British Open

Spieth, Koepka and Kuchar share the lead after first round of British Open

It’s OK for a professional athlete to take an occasional hiatus.

Didn’t we learn that lesson when a fresh and rested Roger Federer won Wimbledon last weekend?

Reminders cropped up Thursday on the first day of the British Open, when the leaderboard was populated with Americans Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka — who just put down the clubs for four and five weeks — and 39-year-old Matt Kuchar, currently the highest-earning PGA Tour player without a major championship win.

Each shot a five-under-par 65 to forge a three-way tie at Royal Birkdale, where the churning sky ...

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