(Reuters) – Jordan Spieth got here into the Valero Texas Open primarily trying to fine-tune his short game forward of subsequent week’s Masters and on Thursday he did simply that as he grabbed the early first-round clubhouse lead.
Spieth was somewhat unfastened off the tee in powerful situations at TPC San Antonio however greater than offset that with a elegant short game en path to a five-under-par 67 that left him one shot clear after the morning wave.
“I didn’t quite hit it as good as I have been, but certainly the short game came through,” Spieth stated. “Just kind of put a little more emphasis on that this week, so kind of a little balancing act right now trying to get enough work in on all facets of the game.”
For Spieth, who has proven indicators that he might quickly snap a victory drought that dates again to the 2017 British Open, the rating marked his lowest in 19 profession rounds on the Valero Texas Open.
Spieth completed in a share of forty sixth place ultimately November’s Masters and missed the lower in his subsequent occasion. But the 2015 Masters winner has since discovered a brand new gear and recorded 5 top-15 finishes in his final six begins.
Augusta National will certainly current a lot harder challenges however a resurgent Spieth, who has 4 top-three finishes in seven Masters begins, seems to be gaining confidence in his game.
“Wedged it better than I did the last couple of events and chipped the ball really well,” stated Spieth. “I didn’t have much stress for par after missing greens.”
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, enhancing by Ed Osmond)