Spieth shaking off rust
Jordan Spieth admitted to firing a rather rusty even par 71 in the opening round of the John Deere Classic in Illinois on Thursday.
The round was the US Open winners’ first 18 holes since Chambers Bay. While even par might not seem too bad, scoring is usually low at TPC Deere Run and Thursday was no different, with the co-leaders 63’s leaving Spieth eight shots off the pace.
The Texan only played one practice round in the lead up to the event, which incidentally was the site of his first PGA Tour win in 2013.
The two-time Major winner birdied the fifth, but was set back by bogeys on the eighth, ninth and 11th following some poor recovery shots and a couple unfortunate lip-outs with the putter. Spieth gained two more shots on the back nine before running home with a string of pars.
“Just a rusty round,” admitted the 21-year-old on pgatour.com.
“My first round of 18 holes since the US Open was yesterday, and you know, I certainly saw a lot of rust yesterday. This was actually a slight improvement today.
“Just looking to get a little better each day. I’m going to have to do a little better than 2-for-5 on up-and-downs in order to play the weekend.
“It was obviously a disappointing round, but I should have gotten out on the golf course a little more rather than hitting balls on the range. I just haven’t carried it over.
“I need to put the ball in a little better position off the tee and I need to chip the ball better. Other than one on the eighth, I really should have gotten the rest of them up-and-down and I typically do. I lost five shots with my short game. That’s really what it comes down to.
“Putting, I had some really bad lip-outs and that’s going to happen, I’m still going to continue to hit good putts. If they drop, and I can chip the ball a little bit better, I’ll be in good position tomorrow.”
Spieth will be hoping to find some form this weekend before he jets off across the pond in search of his third Major of the year at The Open at St Andrews.
Romain Langasque equals course record to lead Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The Frenchman recovered from an early bogey with two eagles and eight birdies to reach 11 under par.
Rory McIlroy bemoans ‘ugly year’ and seeks solution to divide in golf world
The arrival of Saudi-backed LIV Golf series has fractured the game in 2022.
On this day in 2014 – Europe retain Ryder Cup with Gleneagles victory
The Gleneagles victory was Europe’s eighth win in 10 matches.
‘Is this where I am going to die?’ Nicolas Colsaerts on kidney disorder battle
The Belgian is the focus of attention this week as he belatedly defends the Cazoo Open de France title he won three years ago.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe team
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Open champion Cameron Smith wins first LIV trophy in just second start
The world number two is the highest-ranked player to join the rebel series.
Robert MacIntyre beats Matt Fitzpatrick in play-off to win Italian Open
MacIntyre birdied the first extra hole at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Matt Fitzpatrick holds narrow lead ahead of final round at Italian Open
Rory McIlroy and Aaron Rai are one shot off the pace.
Rory McIlroy picks up the pace to claim lead ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick in Rome
McIlroy’s group looked unlikely to complete their second rounds after taking three hours to play nine holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick leads way at Italian Open despite ‘inconsistent’ display
The US Open champion held a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Tom Lewis,