Spieth shoots 68, even with ball-striking concerns


UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Jordan Spieth says he peaked too early for this U.S. Open. 

He hit the ball “as good as I’ve ever hit it” last weekend and into the first official practice round here Monday.

Since then? Not as crisp as he’d like.

Even though Spieth wasn’t pleased with his ball-striking – he headed straight for the range after signing his card – he still managed a 2-under 68 that included four birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn. 

“It’s close,” he said late Thursday at Chambers Bay. “Just trying to find that same rhythm I had when I got there.” 

Spieth trails only six players after the opening round. He is trying to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2002 to win the first two majors of the year.