Jordan Spieth may have put together a solid four days at last week’s Charles Schwab Challenge with a T-10 finish, but given his rather sporadic play over the past year-plus nobody quite knew how he would respond at this week’s RBC Heritage.
A very smart person (me) said that Spieth was officially back after posting back-to-back 65’s in the opening two rounds of the Charles Schwab, but that’s neither here nor there.
Spieth started on the back-nine on Thursday at Harbour Town and was 3-over thru three holes after making triple bogey on the Par 4 12th. It certainly looked like we were in store for a let down from Spieth, even after he backed up the triple with an immediate birdie, but that was not the case, not even close.
He made the turn at 2-over on the day and then proceeded to reel off six straight birdies before making his seventh birdie in eight holes on his final hole of the day. Nothing like shooting a 5-under 66 with a triple on the card, especially seeing as how he hit only eight of 14 fairways.
The scorecard truly is a piece of art.
What a finish to Round 1 from @JordanSpieth. 😯
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 18, 2020
You’re probably assuming eight birdies and a triple is a single round record at the RBC Heritage, but that record amazingly belongs to Si Woo Kim who made nine birdies and a triple in 2018. Kim went on to lose in a playoff to Satoshi Kodaira that year.
Second player last 35 years to have 8+ birdies and a triple/worse in a round at Harbour Town. Si Woo Kim made 9(!!) in a round two years ago. https://t.co/WhVLuHH2QK
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) June 18, 2020
Spieth currently sits T-3 at the moment with Ian Poulter leading the way after posting a bogey-free round of 7-under par.