Last time we saw Jordan Spieth it looked pretty bad.
Jordy was in the process of shooting 77 last Saturday at birdie-friendly Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro. He missed the secondary, 54-hole cut at The Wyndham.
Things weren’t looking too good.
On Thursday, Liberty National was so friendly in the morning that, get this, — Jordan Spieth went bogey-free on his way to an opening round of 67 — four-under par at the Northern Trust.
A good showing in New Jersey this week is a must for Spieth, who is dangling around the magic 70 number it takes to move on to next week’s BMW Championship at Medinah.
Sadly, Spieth’s tee ball hasn’t done him any favors lately and at Sedgefield, he managed to hit a tee shot out-of-bounds each of his three rounds.
No devil balls for Jordy on Thursday.
“I just take it one week at time a time,” explained Spieth. “I don’t have the luxury of past years of being able to play with kind of as much freedom. I’ve got to protect a little bit, unfortunately, but if I can have another couple solid rounds by the time it gets to Sunday, that certainly changes, and it goes into trying to win this golf tournament.
“Yeah, certainly, any season you have a win is a good season. So just trying to work my way into having a chance on this Sunday,” said Spieth, who hasn’t won in two years.
“I just had a little doubt in what I was working on, and you know, I hit quite a few balls out of play. And then took a couple days, and then Saturday was just a fluke day that would have happened whether I was No. 1 in the world or not. Everybody has those random days once, twice a year where you wanted to forget them. I just owed it to that and put me in a better frame of mind.”