WORLD OF SPORT: Aussies in control ahead of day two of Ashes, Dustin Johnson leads 144th Open after first round, Lance Armstrong returns to haunt Tour de France
Dustin Johnson upstaged playing partner and Grand Slam-chasing Jordan Spieth by posting a seven-under-par 65 on day one of the 144th Open at St Andrews.
Johnson, who finished second behind Spieth at last month’s US Open, leads a group including Scotland’s 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie and England’s Danny Willett by one shot. (BBC Sport)
The Royal and Ancient face a race against time to get the 144th Open finished on Sunday evening after play was delayed on Friday morning because of heavy rain and with 47mph gusts forecast for Saturday. Play was suspended for over three hours on Friday after five hours’ worth of rain fell within 60 minutes to leave vast swathes of the Old Course under water. Head greenkeeper Gordon Moir says that 20mm of rain had fallen since 6am, with play resuming at 10am. (Telegraph)
In a supermarket car park 80 miles from the finish of Thursday’s Tour de France stage something stirred from the Tour’s past: a bus, a horde of reporters and television cameras, a Texan drawl. Lance Armstrong had returned to French roads, to ride the “One Day Ahead” challenge with the former England footballer Geoff Thomas, who hopes to raise £1m for CureLeukaemia. (Guardian)
Andy Murray and his Great Britain team-mates have spent the week trying to discover which of them has the best “total package”. This weekend GB will be trying to prove they have much more to offer in the Davis Cup than France. (Mirror)