CROMWELL, CT-Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlory recovered after missing the cut at the US Open. Both Spieth and McIlroy missed the cut at Shinnecock but their games appear to be back on track after the first round at the Travelers. Spieth and Zach Johnson share the lead at seven under par, while McIlroy and Brian Harmon are just one stroke behind.
Coming off of a missed cut at Shinnecock last week Spieth had something to prove during round one. He went out in a blistering four under 31, complete with an eagle on the sixth hole. Spieth was struggling with his putting throughout the week at the US Open. Spieth said that he has been remaining “positive” and “sticking to the process.” Despite his early success Spieth commentated that it is still early in the tournament and that there is “a long way to go.”
Spieth said, “I put so much time into putting that my ball striking fell off,” he continued to say that he will be trying to “even things out” as the week and the tournament progresses. Spieth said that his putting has improved and that he is more comfortable. “It’s a matter of time before it gets to the level where I have been at before,” said Spieth.
McIlroy was another player who missed the cut and needed to prove something this week. McIlroy also went out in a four under 31. He began to heat up on the back nine with three birdies in a row. McIlroy bogeyed the last hole to put himself one stroke behind the leader heading into Friday.
He said the wind at Shinnecock “magnifies what you’re doing wrong.” He also said that he needed the time to improve his game and fix things from last week. “I felt pretty comfortable with the changes that I am trying to make,” said McIlroy.
He cited that when other players where playing Shinnecock on Saturday during the US Open he was on the range “trying to take care of a couple things in my swing.” McIlroy has been trying to focus more on his golf swing and not so much the result or a number that he is trying to shoot. “It takes the focus of the result out of the equation, which is good sometimes,” said McIlroy.
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