Jordan Spieth gave every golfer hope — even as his own were dashed — at The Masters last month. Spieth hit a couple of shots that reassured amateurs that golf really is as hard as the average duffer makes it seem, visiting the water twice in a row on the 12th hole with a chance to win on Sunday. Spieth’s attempt to bounce back strong at The Player’s Championship got off to a rocky start on Thursday — rough for him, anyway. He shot an even par 72 on Thursday, and finished eight strokes back of Jason Day’s lead. (Day blistered TPC Sawgrass with a 63.)
Spieth, who lets his emotions show — another characteristic many amateur dreamers share — let the club fall from his hands in disgust/disappointment a couple of times throughout the round. Not on the five holes he made birdies on, but TPC Sawgrass will bite the loose swing. Spieth was positive afterwards, despite finishing with a double-bogey. He said he had just “two bad swings today” and is “hitting the ball great.” Spieth, No. 2 in the world, will continue to charge back when he tees off Friday at 1:58pm ET.