Spi­eth stum­bles

Thomas on top with Thompson at Deere Clas­sic

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY LUKE MERED­ITH THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

For ev­ery good shot Jor­dan Spi­eth hit, a bad one seemed to fol­low.

Spi­eth’s strug­gles left him eight shots back af­ter the first round of his fi­nal Bri­tish Open tuneup.

Justin Thomas and Ni­cholas Thompson each shot an 8un­der-par 63 to share the lead at the John Deere Clas­sic on Thurs­day. Spi­eth was at even-par 71 in his first round since win­ning the U.S Open.

Spi­eth, who will go for his third straight ma­jor ti­tle next week at St. An­drews, had three bo­geys in a four-hole stretch and missed a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 18.

“Just a rusty round,” said Spi­eth, who skipped last week’s Green­brier Clas­sic.

“I didn’t get out on the golf course like maybe I should have.”

Thomas and Thompson were a stroke ahead of Charles How­ell III and Luke Guthrie.

Three-time tour­na­ment win­ner Steve Stricker led the list of golfers at 6 un­der.

Spi­eth is one of just five golfers in the cur­rent top 20 of the Fed Ex Cup stand­ings to play in the Quad Cities.

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