The 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Jordan Spieth has had a phenomenal 12 months on the tour. Not only did he move from the high 800′s in The Official World Golf Rankings all the way up to 12th, but now has a nice career going in the world of professional golf. The one thing he couldn’t avoid however, was getting bitten by the Snake Pit at The Valspar Championship on Thursday.
Starting his day on the back nine at The Copperhead Golf Course, it didn’t take long for the youngster to get behind. A birdie at 11 would be the only time all day that he would be under par. Four bogeys, including bogeys at two of the three holes in the infamous “Snake Pit” would leave him scrambling the rest of the day trying to get even.
Spieth made the turn at 3 over par 38, and got it back to even par before he signed his card. He finished the day just like he started on the par 71 layout at the Innisbrook Resort. Even par.
Unfortunately, the youngster from Texas had the early draw on a cool windy Florida morning in the Tampa area. He had trouble finding fairways with a 61.5% average. He got on 66% of his greens, and gained 3.143 strokes on the greens. What the driver taketh away, the putter made up for.
Conditions should improve on Friday, but he will be in the afternoon draw on an afternoon where the winds are expected to strengthen. With the early leaders in the clubhouse at -3 under par, he shouldn’t have much trouble getting back in the chase with any kind of game. He just needs to figure out the Snake Pit, and we may see the youngster in Victory Circle on Sunday afternoon!
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