Thomas on top with Thompson at Deere Classic
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.