Closing birdie for Jordan Spieth to share Colonial 1st-round lead


By Stephen Hawkins ,AP

FORT WORTH, Texas — Masters champion Jordan Spieth got his homecoming off to a leading start with a birdie before dark. Spieth made a 20-foot putt from just off the fringe on the final hole for a 6-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday in the rain-delayed Colonial.

��I had a few of those on the back nine, a few good looks where I knew what the putt was doing, I just didn’t match the line and speed right,�� Spieth said. ��I was getting a little frustrated through 17 there. I was like just one more look … I didn’t really count (18) as a look, but maybe more like luck, and we’ll take it.��

The closing birdie, just after 8 p.m., tied Spieth with Kevin Na, Boo Weekley and Ryo Ishikawa.

There was a huge roar at No. 1 when Spieth teed off in the first of consecutive events at home in North Texas since becoming a major champion. The Dallas player’s approach at No. 18 landed just off the back right edge of the green surrounded by family, friends and plenty of fans.

��I was little frustrated to see where my ball went, but I was still was able to soak in kind of the welcoming to the 18th green,�� he said. ��I’m sure it will continue to grow.��

Spieth opened his bogey-free round with a 25-foot birdie putt at No. 1, then started the back nine with a 22-footer at No. 10. He had a great chance for another birdie on the par-3 16th, but a tricky 4-foot try slid by the hole.

Ishikawa, the 23-year-old from Japan, and 2013 Colonial champion Weekley also were without a bogey.

Na, whose only bogey came at No. 18 to close his first nine, curled up in a corner of the locker room and took a nap when tee times for the morning groups like his were pushed back three hours after more than an inch of rain fell overnight at Hogan’s Alley.

��Pulled off a little veteran move, took about an hour nap,�� said Na, who grabbed a few extra towels, making one into a pillow, using another for a blanket and throwing another over his head. ��So I felt great when I woke up.��

Na originally woke up at 5 a.m. for a scheduled 7:22 a.m. tee time.

The afternoon groups started 2 hours, 40 minutes later than scheduled, but all 122 players managed to finish before dark.