SANDWICH, England – Jordan Spieth has been near the top of the rankings since February, so it makes sense that he is in the position after his opening round at The Open.
But Spieth was not so sure it was at Royal St. George’s would not be the case. Due to a hectic spring schedule, he chose to take some time off after the US Open, a decision he regretted when The Open approached a track he had never played before.
It appears to be little on Thursday as Spieth opened the tournament with a 5-under-65 series.
“It was quite one of my worries, I think, to get in here,” Spieth said after making six birdies and being a fool to follow the clubhouse leader. Louis Oosthuizen with 1 hold. “I felt pretty good about the work I’ve been doing for the past, for example, a week or so. But if you have not played for a while, you’re getting into a difficult track, then you can do a little bit. rust early, and I was a little worried about it.
“I think it was halfway through the top nine today, just as big as feeling, ‘Hey, we’re done.’ There are only a few extra nerves if you do not come down a week in advance, but just start. [I] hit some very good shots early in the round today, which I think was important. ‘
After a thug at the third hole, Spieth flew four straight – starting with the fifth – and made the turn in 32. He added two more birdies on the final nine holes to complete the seventh round of his career in the biggest championships in the 60s – only improved by Tiger Woods (10), Jack Nicklaus (nine), Tom Watson (nine) and Dustin Johnson (eight).
Of his last 13 rounds in the majors, Spieth has four 65s and nine rounds in the 60s.
And despite all the anxiety about Spieth’s play in recent years, he still managed to achieve some success in the big championship.
Before winning the Valero Texas Open the week before the Masters this year, Spieth has not won since the 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale. He finished third at the 2018 Masters (after a final hole, when he needed a birdie to tie), was the co-leader with 54 holes in Carnoustie in 2018 (he made no birdies in the final round not and was ninth draw) on the PGA in 2019 for third place draw.
“I look back and every year I had a chance to win at least one of the majors,” Spieth said. ‘Golf is a game played between the ears, right? If it does not go well, you can surely lose some confidence in it, and this was the first time I really had to try to build confidence again. And it takes time.
‘It’s a combination of letting things work out naturally, but also putting them to the test and mentally boosting them with enough vigor to keep going with a few shots, and that’s how you build confidence. [by] I use the improvement, I think, physically on the track under pressure.
‘I do not feel at all where I still want to be mechanical, but this year has been a very good progress for me, and that’s all I try to do to get a little better day. ‘
It was a fixed day for Spieth. He scored nine of the 14 clean sheets and 14 of the 18 greens in regulation and needed just 27 holes.
This is pretty good for a guy who has hit the ball all over the place so many times during his long time away from the winner.
As Spieth, 27, missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open last January, he turned his game around. Spieth finished seven top-15 finishes in eight tournaments, with his fourth tie at the Waste Management Phoenix Open highlighted by his win in Valero and a tie for third at the Masters. After a draw for 30th place at the PGA Championship, he finished second at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
“I like where I am,” Spieth said. ‘I feel again that I have made good progress. This weekend at Colonial I took a few steps back [Charles Schwab] by the US Open, and I know what it was now and have been trying for the past few weeks to do good work to steer it from where I have progressed. ‘