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April 4 2013

12:00 PM

Noon update: Spieth starts strong

Earlier this season, Jordan Spieth locked up Special Temporary Membership on the PGA TOUR for the rest of the season. Now he's looking to take it a step further.

The 19-year-old University of Texas product has birdied four of his las five holes to grab a share of the lead for the moment.

A couple of those birdies for Spieth came when he got up-and-down from the sand on the short par-4 17th and par-5 second. Spieth is now 4 under on his round with six birdies and two bogeys through his first dozen holes at TPC San Antonio.

Rory McIlroy, who is playing alongside Spieth, hasn't been as fortunate.

The 23-year-old Northern Irishman's struggles have been well-documented this season and the trend has continued in the opening round in San Antonio.

McIlroy dumped his approach shot on the par-5 18th in the creek short of the green and he made bogey before adding another on No. 1, where he hit to the back of the green and took three more strokes to get down from 20 feet.

On the par-5 second, McIlroy made his third bogey in a row when he badly pushed his second shot to the right, came up short of the green on his next and took three more strokes to find the hole.

He's now 1 over, having erased a couple of early birdies.

Meanwhile, Jason Gore is also 4 under, while Padraig Harrington is a stroke back.

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