KAPALUA, Hawaii – After all of the pressure shots Jordan Spieth faced last season, he was still nervous Thursday on the first tee at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
“It is one of the only first tee shots I still get nervous on is the first one of the season. So it's always nice to feel that rush there,” he said.
Spieth made par at the first hole and appeared to pick up where he left off last season with a birdie at the second on his way to a first-round 66 which left him one stroke off the lead.
While other tee shots will likely invoke similar nerves, the opening drive at the Masters in April being the most likely culprit, Spieth explained that after a lengthy layoff, it’s always exhilarating to start a new year.
But history suggests the world No. 1 is quick to settle back into his normal, relaxed routine.
Since joining the PGA Tour in 2013, Spieth has two top-10 finishes in his first start of the year, including a runner-up showing here in Maui in 2014 and a tie for seventh last year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.