Jordan Spieth pleased after first day

Jordan Spieth Byron Nelson

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Jordan Spieth admitted he was satisfied with the way his game is shaping up after opening the Byron Nelson with an encouraging 64.

The world number two carded seven birdies and just a single bogey on Thursday at TPC Four Seasons Resort to leave him in a tie for fourth on six-under alongside, among others, Dustin Johnson.

Sergio Garcia is currently tied for the lead with Danny Lee and Johnson Wagner, but there are still some players yet to complete their opening rounds after bad light caused a premature end to play on Thursday following an earlier rain delay.

After missing the cut at last week’s Players Championship, Spieth will have seen this tournament in his home state of Texas as a chance to banish some of the demons that seem to be hanging over him since collapsing at the Masters.

The event at Sawgrass was his first outing since his Augusta nightmare and there still appeared to be some rust in his game on Thursday, most notably with his irons.

Spieth admitted afterwards there are areas for him to work on, but says that overall he was satisfied. He said: “Holing the chip, I really saved a stroke-and-a-half on that shot.

(I) took advantage of the easier holes and made a couple of mid-range putts.

“(I) lost a little control with my iron play on some pretty easy shots that I will look to improve on, but other than that I’m pretty pleased.”

Spieth is currently the 4.75 favourite to win the Byron Nelson, with Johnson second at 6.00.

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