Spieth finishes first lap 64 for a quick lead on the sodden Riviera


Jordan Spieth got his lowest score in the first round in eight months, and it seemed like it took about as long to do it.

Spieth added two birdies in the six holes he played on Friday morning to finish on a score of under 64 for a two-shot lead among novice players who showed up for the first time at night. Morning darkness.

Throwing a shot that did not count on Thursday morning – good break for Spieth because he could hardly find it – and resumed the round because of the rain and the lack of visibility of the clouds that caused a delay of seven hours – Spieth has finished. some 26 hours after its beginning.

He had the rest of the day while Tiger Woods was just starting.

Spieth had a two-stroke lead on his side of the draw. Patrick Rodgers, Tony Finau and Kramer Hickok, a PGA Tour rookie who grew up with Spieth in Dallas, were 66 years old.

Jimmy Walker was among those at 67 years old. As Bill Haas, back to Riviera after being involved in a fatal car accident last year.

Everyone will have to face a long day before the end of the week.

Woods finished ninth with birdies back to back to tie. He was scheduled to begin his second round Friday afternoon as soon as he would have finished his first and probably would not have enough daylight to play 36 holes. Spieth and beginners start the second round only on Saturday morning.

The plan was to make the cut on Saturday afternoon, play until dark and try to finish Sunday. Two years ago, Dustin Johnson had to play 36 holes on Sunday.

Spieth took advantage of the recovery Thursday. His opening stroke of the 10th par-4 hit the basket's path twice and fell into a grass as high as the shin, so thick that it would have been hard to pull it out. The round was abandoned and he returned for a routine match.

It seemed easy to rest except for the 13th hole, where he shot his tee shot at a eucalyptus tree, played a slice at the outside of the trees and had ups and downs. low.

"It was probably better than any birdie," he said.

He managed two chips for the bird, one of which on the toughest hole in Riviera of No. 12, managed a birdie with the three par-5 and achieved a pair of putts of 39, bird about 10 feet on his return Friday morning.

He said that these six holes were the best the putter had felt for some time.

"I was able to find a way to feel some freedom in the shot and I managed to incorporate some of them," he said.

After a few exercises, he returned home and did not expect to be at the top of the ranking on his return. He played most of this round without bogey in cold, windy weather on Thursday afternoon. There was sunshine and no wind when Woods and the other riders started, and although passing showers were expected, it was ideal to score on a Riviera course that usually has more bounce.

Spieth scored the final goal of the initial round with a score of 63 at the Travelers Championship, but he never felt very good about his game that week and tied for the 42nd. His last two events in California, he has not beaten the normal in the last two rounds.

"I've had good starts in my last two games and I have to keep working hard to improve every day here instead of being lax and assuming my game is there," he said. he declared. "It's not quite green yet, and luckily the putter started to heat up."


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