Remember when Jordan Spieth was talking about being exhausted? That was way back - last week in Abu Dhabi, where he tied for fifth. On Thursday, four times zones to the east, in Singapore, Spieth looked fresh as a daisy, shooting a 4-under 67 at Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong Course in the SMBC Singapore Open.
When the world No. 1 left the course, he was tied for the lead with Byeong-Hun An of South Korea. Among other early finishers, Hideto Tanihara of Japan was one shot back.
Spieth, who reportedly is receiving an appearance fee of $1.2 million, made four birdies in a bogey-free round, three of them on the course's three par-5 holes. His other birdie came at the par-4 10th, his first hole of the day.
Over the past few months, Spieth's golf odyssey has taken him to South Korea (for the Presidents Cup), China, Australia, the Bahamas, Hawaii, Abu Dhabi and Singapore.
"I was very tired on Sunday from a long week there [in Abu Dhabi]" he said at a news conference on Tuesday. "By the time we start Thursday, I'll be ready to go with four full days of my best stuff.''
One down, three to go.
Probably the most drama in Spieth's round on Thursday came on the first tee, when he showed up with his agent, Jay Danzi, toting his bag instead of regular caddie Michael Greller. Turns out Greller had an ankle injury that he is trying to allow to heal.