Spieth leads Aussie Open thanks to hot putter


Not bad for his first round Down Under.

Playing his first competitive round in Australia, Jordan Spieth posted a 4-under 67 Thursday to lead the Australian Open by one.

He made six birdies against two bogeys, but dropped a shot at the 17th after rattling off three straight birdies on Nos. 14-16.

Spieth had the benefit of playing a tamer golf course in the afternoon, avoiding the worst winds and accompanying rain, and used it vault himself to the top of the leaderboard.

"We definitely had a really good draw today, with tougher conditions in the morning, but that happens and I'm very fortunate for that and was able to take advantage of it," he said.

The 21-year-old is looking for his second career victory and first since the 2013 John Deere. Spieth finished tied for second at the Masters in April but has generally remained out of the spotlight since, with the exception of an impressive run with Patrick Reed at the Ryder Cup.

The key to Thursday's round - a grand total of just 24 putts. As Spieth said after the round: "My putter was really working today."