Jordan Spieth says "brain fart" ruined his first round at Open

Late collapse sees defending champion Spieth fall out of early contention.

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Thu, 19 Jul 2018

Jordan Spieth says "brain fart" ruined his first round at Open

 

Jordan Spieth revealed how a "brain fart" ruined what appeared like it was going to be a solid first round at The Open at Carnoustie.

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Spieth, who is bidding to become the first player to defend The Open since Tiger Woods in 2006, got off to the perfect start on day one when reaching 3-under after 14 holes.

But a double bogey at 15 was followed by bogeys at 16 and 18 to finish the opening day on 1-over and six strokes off the early pace set by compatriot Kevin Kisner on 5-under par.

“The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” said Spieth.

“I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”