Spieth suffers Masters hangover - Gossip

Jordan Spieth struggles in first round since Masters win; mobile phones allowed at 2015 US Open

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015

Spieth under-par streak is over

Masters champion Jordan Spieth ended his run of 16 straight rounds under par following an opening three-over 74 at the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head.

The 21-year-old, who had not shot worse than level par since the final round of the WGC-Cadillac in March, carded two bogies, a double and birdie to finish eight shots behind leaders Graeme McDowell and Matt Every.

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Spieth said his whirlwind, two-day media tour of New York after winning the Green Jacket was no excuse, explaining his playing partner and defending champion Matt Kuchar, 36, faced little difficulty with an opening 68.

"Kuchar is older than me, and he's at the end of a four-week stretch - he kicked my butt today," said the world number two.

"My legs are a little tired, but all in all that happens. I played four-week stretches I feel that, and it normally doesn't affect anything. So it was just an off-day."

Mobile phone ban lifted at 2015 US Open

The use of mobile phones will be allowed at the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay this June for the first time in championship history.

"Spectators may carry mobile devices smaller than seven inches in length and/or height, including cellphones, smartphones and PDAs," read a statement from the USGA.

"All device volume controls must be set to silent or vibrate at all times."

The policy applies to all mobile phones, smartphones and PDAs, but excludes tablets and computers.

The USGA has created four designated "phone zones" for patrons of the event, where they will be able to take advantage of on-site wi-fi and removed areas for non-disruptive phone use.

Mickelson commits to Wells Fargo 

Phil Mickelson has committed to playing the Wells Fargo Championship on 14 May, marking his 12th consecutive appearance in the PGA Tour event. 

Mickelson, who returned to form with a joint runner-up finish at the Masters, is now scheduled to play six events in eight weeks culminating with the US Open on 18 June. 

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The 44-year-old American played each of the two weeks before the Masters and is adopting a similar strategy to the season's second major.

"I'll be trying to get my game sharp heading into that week," he said.

"I'll do that by playing Memorial and Memphis (FedEx St. Jude Classic) the two weeks prior."

Jacquelin makes history

Raphaël Jacquelin became only the second Frenchman in history to make 500 European Tour appearances on the first day of the Shenzhen International.

Jacquelin follows in the footsteps of compatriot Thomas Levet in reaching the milestone.

The 40-year-old, with two Challenge Tour and four European Tour titles to his name, is the 28th player to achieve the landmark.   

"It’s a strange feeling because my first year on the Tour was in 1997, so I feel like I’ve been out here for a very long time now; but then at the same time, it feels like it was only yesterday," he said.

"I’m still competing and going strong so I’ll try to stay around a bit longer."

 

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