Spieth (64) benefits from change in outlook


IRVING, Texas – After missing the cut last week at The Players, Jordan Spieth talked about improving his outlook and cleaning up little mistakes.

He made progress on both fronts Thursday at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Spieth started his day with a chip-in for birdie on No. 1 and played his closing nine in 3-under 32 with just a single bogey for a first-round 64 that left him one stroke off the lead.

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“I hit it better last week than I did today, but I think it was an off-day with my irons,” said Spieth, who is trying to post his first finish inside the top 20 at his hometown event since he tied for 16th as a 16-year-old in 2010. “I got it in decent spots and was able to convert a couple of 8- and 10-footers.”

Spieth rolled in birdie putts of 13 feet at No. 9, 21 feet at No. 12, and 13 feet at No. 14 and took advantage of both par 5s with birdies to match his best round at the Nelson.

Spieth also said he didn’t let what he called a “two-way miss” with his irons frustrate him like it had over the last few weeks.

“Everything has been a bit more calm, and it’s been a little easier to stay in a rhythm,” he said.

Because of an early morning storm, Spieth didn’t tee off until after 3 p.m. (CT) and finished his round just before the round was suspended because of darkness.