A triple bogey and a ‘fortunate’ eagle a part of Jordan Spieth’s 71 at Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Some head-scratchers. Just a few theatrics.
“Considerably typical spherical for me on the Masters, I assume,” Jordan Spieth mentioned with fun.
A triple bogey from the bushes, a lucky chip-in for eagle and loads of well-struck pictures added as much as a 1-under 71 for Spieth within the opening spherical at Augusta Nationwide.
Cruising alongside at 1 beneath for the day, Spieth blew his drive into the suitable bushes on the ninth gap. Reasonably than pitch out into the golf green, he determined to tackle some danger – making an attempt to maintain his strategy shot low, by means of the bushes, and chase it up close to the inexperienced. As a substitute, his shot ricocheted off a tree and ended up behind him. From there, he got here up in need of the inexperienced, pitched to five ft and three-putted for triple.
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“Reside and study, I feel,” Spieth mentioned. “It’s robust to swallow, as a result of realizing the golf course could be very tough and I used to be 1 beneath par, punch it to the golf green, you make a bogey, you’re at even par on the flip, that’s a fairly good rating. However sadly, I’m nonetheless in that 18-under mode from final week” – his profitable complete on the Valero Texas Open, the place he ended an almost four-year winless drought – “and making an attempt to capitalize on and acquire each stroke I can.
“Fortunately, I’ve type of gotten away with that, and I’m nonetheless within the match.”
Certainly, Spieth bounced again with a 15-footer for birdie on 10 after which added 4 extra pars to regular himself. On the par-5 15th, he flew a 6-iron into the center of the inexperienced – “I can’t let you know the final time I had a 6-iron into that gap” – however rolled it over the again. His ball nestled down barely within the fringe, and his wedge bounced into the ball.
“I used to be shocked by the strike,” he mentioned.
His pitch didn’t spin, started racing down the slope, gathering pace, after which crashed into the pin for an unlikely eagle-3.
“I imply, the thought is to hit it on-line, and that was very, very fortunate,” he mentioned. “Most likely the luckiest break I’ve ever gotten out right here, if not wherever, as a result of that was not less than a three-shot break. As many pictures as I hit there have been a yard off earlier within the spherical, it was greater than made up for there.”
Two pars to shut gave Spieth a 71 in his bid to win a second inexperienced jacket. He’s six pictures behind chief Justin Rose.
“I’m glad the course is agency in the event you’re six again after one spherical,” Spieth mentioned. “So I’m probably not going to be targeted on Rosey. That’s a heck of a spherical. I’m simply going to imagine that this golf course goes to be simply as difficult going ahead and choose your spots.”