Jordan Spieth’s early first-round form at the 144th Open Championship merely served to fuel the hype which is accompanying his bid to secure the third leg of an unprecedented single-season grand slam.

Johnson, whose three-putt from 12 feet on the final hole cost him a shot at the U.S. Open, looked as daunting as ever.

Johnson, who led last month’s US Open at Chambers Bay after the first round but ended up throwing the title Jordan Spieth’s way on the final day, is braced for what is to come.

Johnson also said, “It’s kind of hard to beat St. Andrews or an Open championship”, Johnson said.

At the venue where he stamped his greatness on the sport with the lowest score to par in major golf history, Tiger Woods trudged off the 18th at St Andrews yesterday with his spectacular decline well and truly validated by the Old Course.

Tiger Woods may be in danger of missing back-to-back cuts in majors for the first time in his career, but he remained defiant he can recover after a first round of four-over par at The Open on Thursday.

In what will be his farewell to the British Open, Tom Watson also shot a 76, in what likely will be his second-t0-last round as a professional golfer playing in the British Open.

Pools of water collect on the course as play is suspended due to rain during the second round of the British Open …

He said: “I could have played the Scottish Open but I wanted to go somewhere I was comfortable playing and figured I could get in contention and feel the nerves – and that’s what happened”.

“Hopefully the conditions will be tough [today] and I can put together a good round and we’ll move up the board progressively”.

Puyallup’s Ryan Moore opened with a 2-over-74.

“It’s tough. The good thing about it is that I saw him struggle a little bit before and he came back to No. 1 as well”. Not even close. He bogeyed the 11th, 14th and 15th holes, then took a double-bogey at the 17th after hitting his second shot into the infamous Road Hole bunker.

Birdies were aplenty during Thursday’s opening chapter at the Home of Golf, but conditions gradually worsened during the day and the full blast of the looming bad weather is expected to hit the fabled Fife links course on Friday and possibly on into Saturday.

Woods will play his second round on Friday at 9:56 a.m., local time. But never at St. Andrews. Johnson is among the most athletic players in golf, and the most powerful. The American went out in 31 and home in 34 in a round which featured five birdies and an eagle and not a single dropped shot. “Although if DJ keeps driving it the way he is, I’m going to have to play my best golf to have a chance”.

The forecast was for rain early today and wind calming as it clears, followed by stronger gusts in the afternoon. “I expect when he stands on the tee its going to up there miles and down the fairway. As European Tour member Joost Luiten told Garrett, it’s only a matter of time until Dustin wins one.

Woods’s legions of fans will be encouraged to hear him talk with such enthusiasm of the sport that has treated him so harshly in recent years, but is there any reason to believe he can roll back the years to the era when he bestrode the golfing world like a colossus?