Date: November 27, 2014
Author: Martin Blake @ The Australian GC

Spieth sizzles into Open lead


American Jordan Spieth has celebrated his first trip Down Under with a dazzling first round in the Emirates Australian Open.

Spieth, the brilliant 21-year-old from Texas who won the rookie of the year on the US PGA Tour in 2013, made three consecutive birdies late in his round to card a four-under 67 in the opening round of the tournament.

He leads New South Wales professionals Aron Price and Scott Gardiner by a shot among those to have completed their first rounds today.

Spieth was on song from the first hole, where he hit a lovely iron shot and rolled in a two-metre birdie putt.

The American outshone Australia's Adam Scott, who played in the same group but opened with a 74, three-over par.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy started early and had a good day, carding a two-under 69.

Jack Nicklaus' redesign course held up strongly despite light winds and good scoring conditions. The scoring average was higher than 73, two shots above the par of 71.