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May 27 2011

12:20 AM

Sleepy Spieth shoots 1-under 69

A year ago, Jordan Spieth turned a lot of head with his tie for 16th at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Thursday he proved that wasn’t a fluke. A year after opening his hometown tournament with a 68, the 17-year-old shot a 1-under 69 to once again put himself in good position.

Spieth hit just eight fairways and 10 greens in the opening round, but he still managed a half-dozen birdies -- offset by three bogeys and a double bogey -- in a wild round in front of plenty of friends and family.

Spieth said he didn’t get much sleep Wednesday night, having attended the Mavericks’ Western Conference-clinching win. “I was so happy for the Mavericks that I couldn’t get to sleep,” he said.

Then he had an anxious day waiting for his late tee times. By the time he teed off, he was shaking.

“I thought I would be ready and I thought it would be a little easier,” he said, “but in fact, it wasn’t and I lost a couple of shots just based off nerves that I think I can get back the next couple of days.”

Asked if he would sleep better tonight, Spieth said, “Definitely, considering I’m about to pass out right here and fall asleep.”

WATCH SPIETH

Among Jordan Spieth’s highlights? This 24-footer for birdie on No. 5 , a chip-in for par on No. 6  and this birdie on No. 7 .

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