Sometimes, a slice of luck is all a golfer requires to turn around his form, and Jordan Spieth will be praying the outrageous fortune he received in his opening seven under par here at the Genesis Open signals the end of the most alarming six months of his garlanded career.
In Spieth’s case, it was a hook of luck. Starting on the 10th on Thursday, the 25-year-old pulled his drive and watched in horror as it bounced off the buggy path on to another buggy path and buried itself in the cabbage. As he stood there with no discernible shot, wondering if he had to take a penalty for an unplayable lie, the hooter sounded because of the persistent downpours.
Play was suspended and a few hours later, the PGA Tour announced it was resetting the scores when the action resumed. So, Spieth was allowed to start again and, 64 shots later – after a stress-free par on the 10th – he was in the clubhouse holding a two-shot lead and not only thanking the stars for handing him that second chance but also for two chip-ins. “Yeah, this is a really solid start,” Spieth said. “But, certainly, I got some good breaks.”