Mamaroneck: Two holes into the U.S. Open, Jordan Spieth had reason to believe it might be a long day and a short week.
From the fairway, he came up short enough for his shot to come back down to the front of the green and three-putted for bogey. Then, he figured he would be have to scramble for par on the second hole until he got to the location of his drive and learned his ball never came down from a tree.
Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa were on the tee when Spieth arrived in a cart with a driver in his hand to play his third shot. He made double bogey and was 3 over.
The good news? It never got any worse.
“I ended up finishing even after the second hole,” Spieth said.
“Tough break early. All in all, shooting 3 over at a U.S. Open feeling like I had no control, it’s not bad.”
The struggle continues for Spieth, and he was open about it after his round.
“Standing on a tee at the U.S. Open and not exactly knowing where the ball is going to go is not a great feeling,” Spieth said.
“I know you guys probably haven’t experienced that before, but it’s not incredibly enjoyable. But I’ll grind it out. I don’t ever give up. I have no reason to. I’m here. Even with not having much tee-to-green, I can somehow still shoot an even or under par round on this course, and that’s incredible self-belief in the grind.”
And it was a grind. He got back to even-par at the turn only to give it back quickly. It took him four shots to get down from the front of the green on the par-5 12th in making a double bogey.