PGA Championship: Late Birdies Push Jordan Spieth into the Red on Day One

Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth
Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth share a laugh on the fifth fairway during the first round of the PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 16, 2019 in Farmingdale, NY. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

In his third attempt to complete the career grand slam, Jordan Spieth opened with a 69, and will enter Friday’s second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at 1-under par, six off the pace of leader Brooks Koepka.

Playing in the afternoon wave, Spieth got off to a good start at Bethpage Black with birdies on Nos. 4 and 6, but a double-bogey on the par-4 10th hole, followed by another dropped shot on 12 had him 1-over par. Spieth righted the ship, though – with three straight pars, and closed strong with birdies on Nos. 16 and 18 to get back in the red and land a spot in the top-10.

As has been the case throughout his year-long slump, Spieth was shaky off the tee on Thursday, hitting just half his fairways. He made up for it with an excellent approach game (15 of 18 greens hit) and some clutch putting (26 putts/GIR).

Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth tees off from the 10th during the first round of the PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 16, 2019 in Farmingdale, NY. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Spieth’s First-Round Stats

Driving: 290.8 yards (46th)
Fairways: 7/14, 50.0% (109th)
Greens: 15/18, 83.3% (2nd)
Putts/GIR: 26/1.7 (36th)
Scoring: 4 Birdies, 12 Pars, 1 Bogey, 1 Double

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