Are you ready for a new golf season. I sure am. Looks to be another great year for golf and Jordan. Great start with the recent win in Australia and now great opening round at the Hero Challenge.
Jordan Spieth ended Day 1 of the Hero World Challenge on Thursday in the same place he ended his last tournament: atop the leaderboard.
Four days after becoming the first American in 21 years to win the Australian Open, Spieth shot a 6-under 66 at Isleworth Golf & Country Club to lead the 18-man event in Orlando by a shot over four players, including Henrik Stenson (who won in his last start at the DP World Tour Championship), semi-retired Steve Stricker, Rickie Fowler and defending World Challenge champion Zach Johnson.
The 21-year-old Texan had a solid start with birdie, but made his run at the end of the opening nine with four consecutive birdies to go out in 31 — 10 shots better than host Tiger Woods. The second nine began with a flurry, too, with a pair of birdies in the first four holes of the side, as well Spieth’s only bogey of the day.
However, Spieth probably best showed his ability and rapid maturity on the tough par-4 finishing hole. Spieth’s approach shot was unlucky, striking a sprinkler head short of the green and bouncing over and right of the green. Left with a tough shot to a tight hole location, Spieth left it 12 feet short of the hole. The confident world No. 11 then rolled in the right-to-left putt to save par and take a lead into the second round.
Tomorrow should be exciting…
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