Ace propels Spieth to strong BMW opener

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Jordan Spieth’s second career hole-in-one couldn’t have come at a better time.

Frustrated with his putting and shaky with his long game, Spieth’s tee shot on the par-3 second hole (his 11th of the day) received a nice bounce and dropped for a much-needed ace. He chipped in on the next hole, added two more short birdies and now sits at 5 under par for the day with one hole remaining in the weather-delayed BMW Championship opener.

It was Spieth's first hole-in-one since the 2013 Puerto Rico Open. 

“This is the nine holes that I needed to really feel confident and comfortable and back on track,” he said.  

Spieth was coming off consecutive missed cuts for the first time in his career, but no matter what happens this week he is assured of staying in the top five in the FedEx Cup standings heading into the Tour Championship. 

One of the best putters in the world, Spieth said that he is not “extremely confident” on the greens and hasn’t been able to find the right rhythm. He has made only 52 feet of putts so far.

“It’s almost there,” he said. “It’s getting close.”

Spieth already trails Jason Day by five shots with one hole left.