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August 15 2013

6:38 PM

Spieth's round of 65 'stress-free'

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Jordan Spieth would love to have three more rounds at Sedgefield Country Club like the 65 he shot on Thursday during the first round of the Wyndham Championship.

The 20-year-old prodigy, who won his first PGA TOUR event last month, is in the hunt again, one shot off the lead. Spieth punctuated his round with a birdie at the 18th hole, a 507-yard par 4 where his 9-iron settled 3 feet from the pin.

"It was stress-free," Spieth said, noting he had to make two par putts in the 6-foot range but otherwise didn't have a par-saver longer than 24 inches. "Tee to green it needs to be the same thing that it was today. The rough is not too high here which is helpful. Still reach the green, actually get some spin on the ball but, you know, just need to be solid off the tee box."

Spieth had played several AJGA events at Sedgefield but this is his first appearance as a pro. He is coming off a missed cut at the PGA Championship where he caught the bad end of the draw and played in Friday morning's heavy rain.

On Thursday, though, Spieth was steady, hitting nine of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation while using just 27 well-struck putts.

""It is a course I'm familiar with which really helps but, you know, I missed the cut at PGA which was disappointing," Spieth said. "(I) went home for a few days to try to set things straight, kind of get my confidence back and actually played a lot of golf at home instead of hitting the range, just to try make as many birdies as I could and get some low rounds under my belt.
   
"Came out here to a golf course that's very tight and if I'm driving the ball well I'll have a lot of wedge opportunities. My distance control was solid today into the greens and my birdie putts other than No. 2 were no more than 6, 7 feet.
   
"Very happy with tee to green how I'm striking it and you know, I'll probably hit a few putts on the putting green. That was great, too."

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