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Dustin Johnson back in contention at British, and so is Jordan Spieth at St. Andrews

  • United States’ Tiger Woods prepares to take a shot from the rough on the fifth hole during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, Thursday, July 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

    United States’ Tiger Woods prepares to take a shot from the rough on the fifth hole during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, Thursday, July 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)  (The Associated Press)

  • England’s Justin Rose reacts after a birdie on the fourth green during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, Thursday, July 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    England’s Justin Rose reacts after a birdie on the fourth green during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, Thursday, July 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States’ Jordan Spieth walks past a spectator holding the flag of Texas on the 13th hole during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, Thursday, July 16, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    United States’ Jordan Spieth walks past a spectator holding the flag of Texas on the 13th hole during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, Thursday, July 16, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)  (The Associated Press)

Jordan Spieth wasted no time seizing on his rare opportunity to chase a Grand Slam. He had six birdies in his opening 11 holes and kept his name on the leaderboard Thursday in the British Open.

So did a familiar foe — Dustin Johnson.

Johnson and Spieth picked up where they left off a month ago at Chambers Bay, where Spieth beat him by one shot in the U.S. Open. For this opening round, Johnson looked like the player to beat. He overpowered St. Andrews in scoring conditions by hitting 10 wedges into the greens in his round of 7-under 65.

Former champion Paul Lawrie, Retief Goosen and Jason Day were among those at 66.

Spieth finished with a 20-foot birdie on the 18th hole for a 67.