Spieth starting slow in front of hometown fans at AT&T Byron Nelson

After becoming the first player to give his hometown a major winner in 18 years, Masters winner Jordan Spieth expected the galleries to be packed out for his opening round on Thursday. The locals did not disappoint. However, Spieth felt like he was the one to disappoint with a very average performance.

The young Texan shot a 1-under 69 with very little pizazz. He struggled to create good birdie opportunities, resulting in just two throughout the round, his fewest since his first round at RBC Heritage.

“Not a whole lot you can do with only two birdies on the round,” said Spieth.

Spieth already has second place finishes in all three of the Texas events this season, and he could well be in contention this week. He will start Friday’s match seven strokes behind leader Steven Bowditch, who shot a 62 in the opening round, but that’s not to say he doesn’t have a chance.

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