Jordan Spieth’s “Brain Fart” Sends Round into Tailspin

Jordan Spieth 2018 British Open, Round 1
Jordan Spieth hits his third shot on No. 15 at Carnoustie Golf Club during day one of the 2018 Open Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland. Credit: David Cannon/Getty Images

After 13 holes in the first round of the Open Championship, Jordan Spieth was 3-under par and appeared to be cruising along with the very scoreable par-5 14th on deck.

It all fell apart, though, down the stretch as a disappointing par at No. 14 – which surrendered 76 birdies and 6 eagles on Thursday – was followed by a double bogey on the 15th. The defending champion added two more bogeys on Nos. 16 and 18 to sign for a 1-over 72.

Afterwards, Spieth cited a mental lapse on No. 15 for sending his round into a tailspin, finishing T50 and six shots off the lead.

“I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it,” said Spieth, who hit 7 of 15 fairways and 10/18 greens.

“It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”

Spieth, who’s in the midst of his worst pro season, said that his late collapse on Thursday was a “missed opportunity.”

The 24-year star’s chance at redemption gets underway with a second-round tee time at 9:59 am (EST).


JORDAN SPIETH’S ROUND-ONE STATS

Spieth was less than accurate off the tee and to the greens, but compensated for it with decent putting and scrambling.

Jordan Spieth Open Championship
Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on No. 1 at Carnoustie Golf Club during day one of the 2018 Open Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland. Credit: Richard Heathcote/R&A via Getty Images

TOP-LINE NUMBERS

DRIVING: 297 yards (130th)
FAIRWAYS: 7/15, 46.7% (83rd)
GREENS: 10/18, 55.6% (98th)
PUTTS: 28 (9th)
SCRAMBLING: 5/8 (16th)

ROUND-ONE SCORING

Par 3: +1 (2 Pars, 1 Bogey)
Par 4: E (3 Birdies, 8 Pars, 1 Bogey, 1 Double Bogey)
Par 5: E (2 Pars)
Total: +1 (3 Birdies, 12 Pars, 2 Bogeys, 1 Double Bogey)


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