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Spieth (69) treats Doral like a major venue

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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.

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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.”