May 27 2011
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.”