Jordan Spieth tops the Hero World Challenge, while Tiger Woods flops, in the first round at Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Florida.
Jordan brought his good form from Australia to the PGA Tour, shooting a first round -6 under par 66, to sit on top of the Hero World Challenge leaderboard. He won by six shots in Australia last week, and carded five straight birdies starting at #6 here in Florida;
“I’m excited about how last week went and I’m kind of riding the momentum, I’m going to give it my all these last few days.”
“I was 100 percent today, should stay that way the rest of the week.”
Just one shot back of the leader are four guys; Henrik Stenson, Steve Stricker, Rickie Fowler and Zach Johnson, all at -5 under par for the tournament.
Zach, when asked, told reporters why he plays so well at the World Challenge;
“There’s something to be said for lowered expectations.”
“I’d have to research that because I really don’t have a good answer for you.”
Orlando resident Graeme McDowell is in the group at -4 under par and he has some very good memories of this tournament;
“This event has been very good to me.”
While Jordan is in first place, Tiger Woods finished in last place, returning a +5 over par 77, he was not a happy camper;
“It is surprising that I could hit chips that poorly, I haven’t said that in a long time.”
“One of those days where nothing went my way,”
“It’s very exciting to step up there and hit the drives I hit, especially on the back nine, and start launching it and feel nothing.”
“Today was weird, I didn’t feel like I hit it that bad. My short game was awful. Didn’t make anything.”
“Bad chips, bad putts and a couple of missed shots on the front nine on the wrong side compounded the problem.”