With the help of eight bogeys and a double bogey, Spieth shot an 8-over 79 in Thursday’s opening round of the Northern Trust Open. This dismal performance was his worst opening round – and third-worst round ever – in the Texan’s PGA Tour career. A score of 79, which was the second-highest score recorded that day, leaves him 16 strokes behind leader Camilo Villegas, who finished the opening round with an 8-under 63.
It’s not the reigning FedExCup champion’s style to let days like this affect him. Spieth actually felt better about his performance Thursday than during some of his more productive rounds at Pebble Beach last week.
“I shot 2-under and I was more miserable than I was today,” Spieth said. “It’s just a day to forget. … In the course of my career, I imagine it’s going to happen. Just unfortunate when it actually does.”
Spieth said he felt optimistic heading into the opening round at Riviera, a course he’s not yet won as a Tour pro, but has during his college days at the University of Texas. He spoke of his “great range session” with coach Cameron McCormick.
There was some rainfall earlier in the day, but the looming black clouds had dissipated but the time he teed off.
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