Spieth enjoys being out in front

21 July 2017 17:17:13 EST

Jordan Spieth admitted that he had needed a touch of fortune to emerge with a two-shot lead at the halfway point of the Open Championship.

The 23-year-old American, who already has two Major titles to his name, fought hard in very tricky conditions at Royal Birkdale to record a 1-under par 69, which left him on 6-under par for the tournament.

I play some of my best golf when I'm pretty confident and I'm excited for this weekend - I can't wait.

Ian Poulter

That is two better than Matt Kuchar, with US Open champion Brooks Koepka and Ian Poulter both three shots back from Spieth.

However, Spieth felt that he had been fortunate to emerge with an under par round which was boosted by an eagle on the 15th hole.

He told reporters: "I give myself a B grade today. I didn't get everything I could out of yesterday's round and I got more than what I deserved today.

"Any time you're in the last group on a weekend in a Major you get nervous, but I enjoy it.

"As long as I approach it positively and recognise that this is what you want to feel because you're in a position you want to be in, then the easier it is to hit solid shots and to create solid rounds."

Meanwhile, Poulter is excited about challenging for a first Major at the weekend, having finished second when the Open was last held at Birkdale nine years ago.

The Englishman, who had to qualify for the tournament this year, said after a rock-solid round of 70: "I'm in a good frame of mind and I feel confident.

"The large confidence tank that was empty a few months ago is starting to fill up and I like it when it gets full up.

"I play some of my best golf when I'm pretty confident and I'm excited for this weekend - I can't wait."

Poulter is 1500/1 to lift the Claret Jug on Sunday, with Spieth priced at 1/1000 and Kuchar 100/1.

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