Spieth takes form into US Open warm-up

Jordan Spieth continued his good form heading into the US Open after taking a spot among the leaders on the opening day of the Memorial Tournament.

Spieth took a share of second at the Colonial Country Club, in Texas, last week and he was back among the pace-setters in Ohio after ending his round just one shot behind overnight leaders Jason Dufner and David Lingmerth.

In the final warm-up event before next week’s US Open, the American sank three birdies in his opening six holes and then recovered from back-to-back bogeys with five birdies on the back nine.

“I hung in there. My wedge play was awesome last week and it continued this week,” said Spieth.

Dufner recorded just one bogey on his seven under par round of 65 and sank an eagle on the par five seventh.

Lingmerth also finished the day on seven under after sinking eight birdies and an eagle in his bid to finish in the top 10 of a tour event for the first time this season.

“I caught some breaks when I missed the fairway and still had some fairly good opportunities from the rough,” Lingmerth said.

“I consistently put myself in good spots around the greens and was able to roll a few in.”

Spieth joined Daniel Summerhays at six under, while fellow Americans Lucas Glover and Justin Thomas are at five under.

But it was a tough day for world number one Dustin Johnson, who carded a six over par round of 78, including a triple bogey on the par three 16th.