Jordan Spieth began his PGA Championship journey on Thursday aiming to be become the youngest ever to complete the career grand slam.
But despite a good start, he struggled to maintain form with an underwhelming display on the second nine.
Spieth shot a one-over 72 in the first round of the tournament at the Quail Hollow Club, leaving him five shots behind leaders Thorbjorn Olesen and Kevin Kisner.
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Before a ball was hit the American was touted as one of the favourites after securing The Open title last month.
And although it wasn't one of his best rounds, Spieth’s mastery and genius came to the fore on the 12th hole when he executed a brilliant shot that almost left the crowd stunned into silence.
With the greens playing particularly fast, it didn't look like Spieth had much of a chance to hole a putt from over 70 feet away from the flag.
However, with his back to the hole, the Open champions hit the ball on a parallel trajectory to the hole that in turn travelled arched at 90 degrees, making its way towards the cup.
And just when it looked like Spieth was about to pull off one of the greatest shots seen in a long time, the ball stalled about ten inches short.
Playing alongside Masters winner Sergio Garcia and the US Open champion Brooks Koepka, Spieth’s talent left both visibly impressed before taking the mark for their own attempts.
The Texas-born ace parred the first five and made birdie on the par-5 15th. Although, he fell back with a bogey on the 16th and managed the turn-in in even-par 36 before bogeying the first, fifth and sixth holes.
Birdies on the seventh and eighth salvaged some pride in a seemingly mixed round.
“It just seemed like the lid was on today,” Spieth said, as per Golf Week.
“I burned a lot of edges. Some were good putts, some weren’t. I don’t think I missed any short putts today.
I just had really poor speed on my really long ones that created technically three two-putts that were three three-putts, one of them I putted off the green, the other two were off the green.”
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