Jordan Spieth's longest break in about a decade hasn’t slowed his momentum.
Spieth, who didn’t touch a club for two weeks after helping the U.S. win the Presidents Cup, returned to work Thursday at the WGC-HSBC Champions with a 4-under 68. He is five shots back of leader Branden Grace.
Spieth gave himself high marks for the round, considering the lack of repetitions he had entering this week. He said the two-week break from golf was his longest since he was 12 or 13 years old.
“I wish I had five or six weeks to be away from tournament play,” he told reporters after his round. “But to take 14 days off … the first week, it was nice; it was really nice. The second week I was very bored. I didn’t know what to do with myself, honestly.”
Spieth worked out and visited friends during that downtime but said he was “actually pleased to get back to work.”
Though the score looks familiar, Spieth showed off a new pre-shot move that he says is designed to get his clubhead more open going back.
“Just got a little off toward the end of the season and off this break,” he said.
Spieth made six birdies despite hitting just half of the 14 fairways.