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September 19, 2013

Jordan Spieth


JASON SPIETH:  Which I'd take through for times.  But the four bogeys mixed in, a couple were tough holes, but all in all, just not very smart shots from me.
No.9, I had a 3 wood that I could reach the green on.  If I miss anywhere right, it's pretty much a birdie, and I went ahead and hit it left.  It's a struggle from there.  So that was kind of giving away two shots in my head.
Overall, other than that hole, I like where I'm at.  I like the position I'm in.  Just kind of‑‑ I want to stay more patient this week than I did the last few weeks.  I think that I got a little antsy, a little ahead of myself, and on this golf course, you can't do that.
The greens are receptive, and I love the way they putt.  So all in all, I'm in a good spot going into the next few rounds.

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JASON SPIETH:  They were fine.  I actually didn't feel any nerves whatsoever.  I just kind of approach it like a normal tournament.  It's a PGA Tour event, and there happens to be a bigger bonus on the end of it.
All in all, I was pretty calm to start out there.  Just missed‑‑ I didn't have great control of my long clubs.  Had a few hooks with my 3 woods and bogeyed the 1st, but it wasn't nerves.

Q.  [No microphone.]
JASON SPIETH:  Yeah.  I'd like to be a little smarter into the greens.  I don't think I hit as many greens as I really should have today.
Part of it was a few tee balls that were not in the right position, but overall I had good looks into the greens, maybe didn't play the smartest shots on a couple of the par 3s.  I just need to get to the range and figure out a couple. Maybe didn't play the smartest shots on a couple of the par 3s.  I just need to get to the range and figure out a couple of things.
I like the way I'm converting the midrange putts out here.  I'm seeing the lines.  I didn't really misread.  A couple of short ones just a little offline.  All in all, it was a positive day.

Q.  [No microphone.]
JORDAN SPIETH:  You mean the tournament at Torrey?  Yeah, I think I do.  I mean, I've said it since I was 16 back in Dallas.  You're in a tournament, if you're not playing to win, what are you playing for?
Yeah, I mean, at the time, I didn't know exactly what it would take if I was in contention as a professional on the weekend, but, yeah, I think, to answer your question, I still believe that I can do it.

Q.  [No microphone.]
JORDAN SPIETH:  Yeah, a 9 1/2.

Q.  [No microphone.]
JORDAN SPIETH:  What that tournament did is I felt how much pressure there was when competing on Sunday, and I also saw that I was able to make birdies when I felt the pressure, and that's what was so positive to take out of that week was being able to absolutely make some birdies when I felt like I really needed to and really wanted them.
It was the first step in the direction where maybe a shorter path to get on Tour than I had envisioned, maybe starting that tournament.

Q.  [No microphone.]
JORDAN SPIETH:  You know, I don't think so, not really.  Not from an overall tournament perspective.  The U.S. Open was probably as much of a struggle as I've had, and that was close to being good.  Just a little thing here or there in my driver.  I could have been playing well there.
So there's been‑‑ I've had just a few missteps throughout the whole year, and in that time, I was really close to making the cut.  Just didn't quite have one thing or another, but the next week was a little bit better.

Q.  [ No microphone,].
JORDAN SPIETH:  Before I turned pro, I missed 2 out of 8.  One or two.  I missed one by a shot at the St. Jude when I was 16.  I think there was another one.
I was at 18 and missed a putt.

Q.  [No microphone.]
JORDAN SPIETH:  Yeah.  It's amazing what's happened with a lot of my peers too.  I mean, they started as junior amateurs, and pretty much everyone's made the cut, which is cool to see.
I think that's something the tournament should look into is giving them more opportunities because that's, by far, the reason I felt comfortable with my decision to come out here, and I think played well early was having been in a position as an amateur to have success.

Q.  [No microphone.]
JORDAN SPIETH:  For being ready to turn pro?  Yeah, probably, I would say, if you Combine the last two rounds at Olympic club at the U.S. Open, I made the cut on the number and then shot 70, 69 on the weekend, 1 under, which I think is second best to Webb, who won.
So being able to play the weekend of a Major Championship under par, at a U.S. Open under par, I think is when I sat back and said, you know, maybe I'm ready to go.

Q.  [No microphone.]
JORDAN SPIETH:  Yeah, I actually‑‑ I told‑‑ I'd announced pretty much to my family and coach that I was turning pro that summer.  Then I just turned after the fall season.

Q.  [No microphone.]
JORDAN SPIETH:  No, that wouldn't have been good.

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