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Lucky eagle saves Spieth’s day as he cards 71 at Masters

By Andrew Both

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) – The Augusta National {golfing} gods gave and likewise took away from Jordan Spieth in an entertaining and eventful opening spherical for the 2015 champion at the Masters on Thursday.

Spieth made a triple-bogey at the par-four ninth after carving his drive into the Augusta pines.

He had solely a sliver of a gap to string his second shot in the direction of the outlet however determined to tackle the danger, and it was hardly shocking when his ball clattered right into a tree trunk and ricocheted within the flawed course.

He ultimately reached the inexperienced along with his fourth shot, solely to three-putt.

But Spieth remained targeted and, aided by a few fortunate breaks, clawed his means again for a one-under-par 71, six photographs behind chief Justin Rose.

“The bounceback after nine was the story of the day,” stated the Texan.

“Going to (the 10th tee) there were a lot of people going ‘you can get that back’. I’ve seen everything here.”

And then some.

That ninth gap catastrophe was hardly removed from Spieth’s thoughts 4 holes later when he once more discovered himself among the many pines, at the thirteenth gap, however this time he efficiently negotiated a path again into play and made a par.

And if girl luck smiled on Spieth there, she positively grinned at him at the par-five fifteenth, the place his eagle chip from behind the inexperienced clattered at velocity in opposition to the pin and dropped in.

His ball would have been doomed to a watery grave within the greenside pond had it not dropped, and it saved him a number of photographs.

“That’s probably the luckiest break I’ve ever got out here, probably a three-shot break,” Spieth stated.

“As many shots that I hit that were a yard off early in the round were more than made up for there.

“It was considerably typical for me at the Masters, some good golf after which some fireworks on each ends. I made two dangerous swings off the tee, on 9 and 13, acquired away with one among them and never with the opposite.”

(Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by William Mallard)

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