DORAL, Fla. – Following his first missed cut in nearly six months two weeks ago in Los Angeles and playing a golf course that he’s never performed particularly well on, Jordan Spieth wasn’t going to let a late miscue ruin what was an otherwise solid round.
The world No. 1 bogeyed his final hole (No. 9) after missing the green with his tee shot for a 3-under 69 and a share of eighth place.
“That was a poorly played hole [No. 9]; I could certainly have controlled and finished better,” said Spieth, who in two previous trips to South Florida has finished tied for 17th and 34th. “But I feel I would certainly sign up right now for three more rounds with the same score.”
Despite a balky driver - he hit just 7 of 14 fairways - Spieth was steady on his opening nine (2 under par), but bogeyed the third and ninth holes to finish his round.
Spieth was particularly pleased with his course management after what he said were recent lapses in his decision-making.
“We did a great job approaching this course like a major championship, giving it some respect, taking our medicine when we needed to and waiting for chances,” he said. “I have that confidence to throw an aggressive swing at a more conservative line 15 feet away from holes so you don't have to challenge them. The putts will continue to go I think this week.”