EDISON, N.J. – They were words not normally associated with Jordan Spieth’s golf – fluke, frustrated, rust.
After a steady opening nine of 2 under par, the world No. 1 played his first three holes on the inward loop in 4 over par on his way to a 4-over 74 on Thursday at The Barclays and his worst round on the PGA Tour since May.
“After the tee shots, this is the worst round I've played in years, for hitting that many fairways,” said Spieth, who hit 11 of 14 fairways but needed 31 putts.
Spieth, who began this week’s playoff event No. 1 on the FedEx Cup point list, was tied for 105th when he finished his round as he clings to the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.
No. 2 Rory McIlroy, despite not playing this week, can reclaim the top spot in the world ranking if Spieth finishes outside of the top 15, according to Golf Channel projections.
“Do what I've done best, bounce back,” Spieth said. “I come back tomorrow strong. I'm not a big fan of the course. It doesn't fit me very well particularly, but I've also won on courses that I didn't think fit me very well.”