Quad curtails Jordan Spieth at Sony Open
January 11, 2018
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
Jordan Spieth's lengthy birdie putt at Sony Open
HONOLULU, Hawaii – A tree-laden quadruple bogey for former FedExCup champion Jordan Spieth has derailed what appeared a promising opening round at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Spieth was working his way towards the top of the leaderboard at Waialae Country Club at 4 under through 16 holes of his opening round before disaster struck.
Playing the par-4 8th hole - after starting his round on the back side of the course – Spieth sat inside the top five.
But his tee shot pulled left off the tee and collected with a tree, knocking it down into the rough.
His next shot also hit a tree and was barely advanced, getting him just 18 yards closer to the hole and still in trouble.
Incredibly his third also hit a tree and not to be outdone so did the fourth. Four shots, four trees.
From there Spieth advanced the ball into a greenside bunker but was unable to get it up and down from the sand, eventually walking off with a quadruple bogey eight.
A birdie on the final hole left him with a 1-under 69, six shots off the early pace set by Chris Kirk.
Spieth’s collapse was made even more frustrating given he’d created a good score despite some average putting.
He missed two putts inside five feet and needed 30 putts in his round with two three-putts.
Spieth, who finished third at the Sony Open last season, declined to talk about his round but stopped with fans for a significant time signing autographs.