Jordan Spieth got off to nice start on a wet and windy day one of the Genesis Open and shared the overnight lead on 5-under par, alongside Sung Kang.
Spieth was bogey-free through 11 holes at a rain-soaked Riviera Country Club, and returned on Friday morning, finishing his final six holes without a blemish while adding two more birdies (Nos. 12 and 17) to sign for a first-round 7-under par 64.
“I’m glad we’re getting to play some. It’s not fun if you don’t get to play at all,” said Spieth on Thursday afternoon. “I’m sure some of these guys today, I’m sure they’re able to come practice, but the more you play, the better, especially if you’re playing well.
“But I’m excited to try and cap off this round well and then get a little bit of work in that I need. I mean, my score doesn’t reflect how I’ve played; it’s certainly better than the way I struck the ball. That’s what happens when you get a couple chip-ins, you score well.
“So just want to cap it off tomorrow and then get some light work in in the afternoon.”
Spieth, who was also near the top of the leaderboard at last week’s Pebble Beach event in the early going, has struggled mightily since a third-place finish at the Masters 10 months ago, and is seeking his first top-10 finish since the 2018 British Open.