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Jordan Spieth’s first spherical raised as many questions because it answered

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Jordan Spieth shot a one-under 71 on Thursday.

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — We watch Jordan Spieth as a result of we will’t not. Right here he’s on the follow tee, warming up within the heat of the afternoon, 1:30 come and gone, with a cellphone in his back-right pocket. Why? Why, Jordan, are you carrying a cellphone in your particular person together with your tee time not even a half-hour away?

Why are you hitting a 3-wood off the primary when the opening is a half-mile lengthy and up a hill and into the wind?

(He made par.)

Why are you not utilizing a tee on the par-3 sixth? 

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(He made par.)

Why are you hitting a mulligan off the ninth tee?

(As a result of his tee shot sailed proper and right into a forest. All that post-birdie euphoria.) 

Why are you speaking to your self after flushing a stunning 9-iron virtually over the flagstick on 12?

(As a result of it carried three yards greater than deliberate? A guess.)

And why, oh why, are you utilizing the Grenada space code (4-7-3) to your scores on numbers 8 and 9 and 10?

Might you not use 14 pictures over that near-mile of golf with a birdie adopted by a pair of bogeys, as so many others have finished over the many years?

You’re tempted to say that Spieth is endlessly entertaining besides — and this can be a critical challenge — the Thursday rounds have been heinously sluggish. Spieth was within the day’s remaining threesome. What’s the other of being a dew-sweeper? The dusk-chasers, because it turned out on Thursday. He obtained the spherical in, however not by a lot.    

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On a heat, humid summery day, breezy however not windy, Spieth, taking part in with Collin Morikawa and Cam Smith, took 5 hours and half-hour to play 18 holes. They by no means, or seldom, waited. They’re three of the very best gamers on the planet, with the profession grand slam between them. (No, Cam Smith, fashionable Australian golfer, doesn’t have a significant, however he made different contributions to the group, together with finest mustache and finest mullet.) Gradual golf shouldn’t be attention-grabbing golf.

Spieth shot 71, one below par on this famously symmetric 36-36 par-72 course. He’s in a tie for eighth. He made a triple on 9 with out dropping a ball. After which he turned it round and shot 33 on the again.

Why, Jordan, why? Why should your golf be such a high-wire act?

And can you win your second inexperienced jacket earlier than you full the profession grand slam subsequent month at Kiawah?

“I really like being right here,” Spieth stated, earlier than the match started. “I really like being on the grounds. It’s my favourite match on the planet.”

He discovered his tee shot on 9, and nonetheless made a triple. A wacky second shot. An in depth-range three-putt. That was unlucky.

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However his 6-iron second shot on the par-5 fifteenth went over the inexperienced and down that sloping inexperienced with out going within the water. And his pitch-shot third hit the flagstick and dropped into the opening for an eagle 3. In order that was lucky.

Take away Justin Rose’s 65, and Jordan Spieth is in glorious place. He’s nonetheless in a very good place.

For the subsequent three days, anticipate extra of the identical. Don’t anticipate to loosen up, not in the event you’re watching or rooting for Spieth. He’s not Nick Faldo or Zach Johnson or Charl Schwartzel, to quote three fairways-and-greens champions from yesteryear. He’s Jordan Spieth and he’s not out of it. That leaves in it.

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Michael Bamberger writes for GOLF Journal and Earlier than that, he spent almost 23 years as senior author for Sports activities Illustrated. After school, he labored as a newspaper reporter, first for the (Martha’s) Winery Gazette, later for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has written a selection books about golf and different topics, the newest of which is The Second Lifetime of Tiger Woods. His journal work has been featured in a number of editions of The Greatest American Sports activities Writing. He holds a U.S. patent on The E-Membership, a utility golf membership. In 2016, he was given the Donald Ross Award by the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the group’s highest honor.

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