AUGUSTA, Ga. — Justin Rose’s second-nine dash up the Masters leaderboard apart, the most entertaining spherical on Thursday would possibly have been turned in by Jordan Spieth.
“Somewhat typical for me at the Masters,” Spieth mentioned, when requested to explain his 1-under 71, which left him six pictures behind Rose. “Some good golf and then some fireworks at both ends.”
It included a pitch-in eagle at No. 15 that Spieth mentioned was “the luckiest break I’ve ever gotten here,” to a ghastly triple-bogey at No. 9, courtesy of a go to to the woods on the proper, from which it took two pictures to flee, adopted by lacking two quick putts as soon as he acquired on the inexperienced.
In between had been two lengthy birdie putts but in addition a heroic response to his 7 at the ninth.
“I made, really two bad swings off the tee at 9 and 13, got away with one and didn’t with the other,” he mentioned. “Other than that, I struck the ball really well. I would have signed up for a 71 if it was 17 pars and a birdie.”
Spieth, who gained final week’s Valero Texas Open for his first victory in almost 4 years, started the day effectively sufficient with an up-and-down birdie from a greenside bunker at No. 2. He then three-putted for bogey at No. 4 and drained a 30-foot birdie putt at No. 8 after flaring his drive into the deep fairway bunker and being compelled to put up.
His bother as the ninth started when he pushed his tee shot into the proper bushes at No. 9. Spieth thought he noticed an opening however the ball hit a tree and with a loud “thwack,” ricocheted backwards.
The excellent news is that Spieth had extra of an escape route, and punched his third shot wanting the inexperienced.
After pitching on, he missed a bogey try of 5 toes, then a double-bogey try of even much less for his second three-putt of the first 9.
His reply simply would possibly have saved him in the match.
“I reset the goal … got to try and hit three greens in regulation, [Nos.] 10, 11 and 12, then two par-5s, shoot 2-under and post even par.”
It didn’t work out fairly that manner, however it was truly one shot higher.
Spieth knocked in an 18-foot birdie putt at No. 10, parred Nos. 11 and 12, then made another journey to the woods at No. 13 however minimized the injury with a par.
After a very good two-putt from 40 toes at the 14th, Spieth hit his second shot at the par-5 fifteenth over the inexperienced. No drawback. He merely pitched in for eagle.
The ball was motoring when it hit the flag. Spieth mentioned had it not, the ball probably would have gone into the water.
“It might have gone in the middle of the water,” he mentioned.
Spieth acquired himself to the clubhouse beneath par with protected two-putts on the remaining three holes.
“I’m not really going to be focused on Rosie,” he mentioned of the chief. “That’s a heck of a spherical. I’ll simply assume the golf course goes to be simply as difficult. I have a reasonably quick reminiscence out right here, particularly on first rounds.