LOS ANGELES – Jordan Spieth never saw this coming — his worst start on the PGA Tour on one of his favorite courses.
Spieth dropped six shots over the last seven holes Thursday at Riviera, capping it off with a three-putt double bogey from 8 feet for an 8-over 79 in the suspended first round of the Northern Trust Open. It was his worst score since an 80 in the third round of the 2014 Tour Championship.
“It’s just a day to forget,” Spieth said. “It’s one in, hopefully, every couple years. I’ve shot 80 before — I’ve shot in the 80s a couple times on tour. I think I shot 79 today. In the course of a career, I imagine it’s going to happen. Just unfortunate when it actually does.”
The world’s No. 1 player beat only one other guy in the 144-man field. Steven Bowditch shot an 81.
Hideki Matsuyama was two shots off the pace, carding a 2-under 69. He was provisionally in 27th place, six shots behind clubhouse leader Camilo Villegas of Colombia.