PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – In his first event since finishing second at the Masters, Jordan Spieth was predictably rusty.
After starting his round with six consecutive pars, Spieth three-putted the 18th hole (he started on No. 10) from 80 feet for bogey and ended his day with a double bogey-7 that he didn’t know how to explain.
“I hit it seven times,” said Spieth, who carded an opening 72 and was tied for 90th when he completed his round. “I hit two fantastic shots, and then not really sure after that.”
After hitting his second shot long at the par-5 ninth, Spieth needed two more shots to reach the green, and he added bogeys at Nos. 5 and 6 after missing the greens with his approach shots.
For the day, Spieth struggled to find the putting surface, hitting 13 of 18 greens in regulation, and needed 31 putts on his way to his fourth consecutive round of par or worse at TPC Sawgrass.
“I really only had two bad swings today,” Spieth said. “I'm hitting the ball great, which is what I've been working on the past couple weeks, trying to get more consistent and better ball-striking, better control of it.”