Horne blows ahead of Spieth in Singapore

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World number one Jordan Spieth is one shot off the lead before thunder halts the first round of the Singapore Open but the American is left frustrated by his inaccurate approach play.

Horne blows ahead of Spieth in Singapore

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SINGAPORE (JANUARY 28, 2016) (ASIAN TOUR MEDIA – NEWS PURPOSES ONLY. MAXIMUM USE 2 MINUTES PER EVENT DAY. NO USE AFTER 48 HOURS)

1. SCENIC SHOT OF SENTOSA GOLF CLUB

2. EUROPEAN RYDER CUP CAPTAIN, DARREN CLARKE OF NORTHERN IRELAND, SINKING A BIRDIE PUTT ON THE SIXTH HOLE (CLARKE GOES ON TO HIT A ROUND OF THREE-OVER PAR)

3. SINGAPORE’S MARDAN MAMAT PUTTING A BIRDIE ON THE EIGHTH HOLE (MAMAT GOES ON TO HIT A ROUND OF TWO-OVER PAR)

4. WELSHMAN LUKE DONALDSON SINKING A BIRDIE PUTT ON THE 15TH HOLE (DONALDSON GOES ON TO HIT A ROUND OF ONE-OVER PAR)

5. JAPANESE GOLFER, YUSAKU MIYAZATO PUTTING A BIRDIE ON THE FOURTH HOLE (MIYAZATO GOES ON TO HIT A PAR SCORE)

6. MIYAZATO WAVING TO CROWD

7. JAPAN’S HIDETO TANIHARA SINKING A BIRDIE PUTT ON THE 12TH HOLE (TANIHARA GOES TO HIT A ROUND OF THREE-UNDER PAR)

8. WORLD NUMBER ONE, JORDAN SPIETH, SINKING A BIRDIE PUTT ON THE 10TH HOLE

9. SPIETH MISSING AN EAGLE PUTT ON ON THE FOURTH HOLE

10. SPIETH WALKING ON GREEN (SPIETH GOES ON TO HIT A ROUND OF FOUR-UNDER PAR)

SINGAPORE (JANUARY 28, 2016) (ASIAN TOUR MEDIA – NEWS PURPOSES ONLY)

11. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WORLD NUMBER ONE, JORDAN SPIETH, SAYING:

“No for the positions I was in off the tee it was a little frustrating. I felt like the entire day today I was very stress free driving the ball which is the most important part out of here and then from there I just couldn’t get it on the right tier. I couldn’t quite get the right distance. My distance control was just off trying to judge the wind, the humidity and the heat; and so we just struggled a bit with that but they were always left in a place where I could go ahead and make a stress-free par so the entire round to be bogey free and I’d make a six of seven footer on my third hole of the day, other than that yes it was definitely stress free with three two-putt birdies.”

SINGAPORE (JANUARY 28, 2016) (ASIAN TOUR MEDIA – NEWS PURPOSES ONLY. MAXIMUM USE 2 MINUTES PER EVENT DAY. NO USE AFTER 48 HOURS)

12. SOUTH KOREA’S AN BYEONG-HUN SINKING A BIRDIE PUTT ON THE 10TH HOLE (AN GOES ON TO HIT A ROUND OF FOUR-UNDER PAR)

13. AMERICAN BARRY HENSON PLAYING HIS SECOND SHOT ON THE NINTH HOLE WHICH LANDS CLOSELY TO THE PIN (HENSON GOES ON TO HIT A ROUND OF FIVE-UNDER PAR)

14. LEADER AT THE END OF THE FIRST ROUND, SOUTH AFRICA’S KEITH HORNE SINKING A BIRDIE PUTT ON THE 18TH HOLE (HORNE HIT A ROUND OF FIVE-UNDER PAR)

STORY: World number one Jordan Spieth lurked one-shot off the lead before thunder halted the first round of the Singapore Open on Thursday (January 28) but the American, missing his regular caddie, was left frustrated by his inaccurate approach play.

Spieth’s agent and manager Jay Danzi stepped up to carry the bag on a stifling first morning at the Sentosa Golf Club, with injury sidelining regular caddie Michael Greller, and the duo struggled to negotiate the yardages to threaten the pins.

Still the bogey-free four-under-par 67 efforts of Spieth, the headline act in an otherwise low-calibre field, left him right in the mix, one behind South African Keith Horne and American Berry Henson, who was on his 16th when play stopped.

“For the positions I was in off the tee it was a little frustrating,” Spieth told reporters, wiping away sweat after finishing his round at the height of the mid-day sun. “I felt like the entire day today I was very stress free driving the ball which is the most important part out of here and then from there I just couldn’t get it on the right tier.

“I couldn’t quite get the right distance. My distance control was just off trying to judge the wind, the humidity and the heat; and so we just struggled a bit with that but they were always left in a place where I could go ahead and make a stress-free par so the entire round to be bogey free and I’d make a six of seven footer on my third hole of the day, other than that yes it was definitely stress free with three two-putt birdies.”

Greller, who left his job as sixth grade teacher in the U.S. to work with Spieth, aided the 22-year-old’s U.S. Masters and U.S. Open title wins last year and surge to the top of the world rankings.

Spieth, though, refused to bemoan his absence and credited Danzi’s work at the Asian Tour season opening event, the second time he has covered for Greller after a tournament in Japan in 2014.

The Spieth-Danzi team begun brightly under sunny skies on Thursday by holing a 20-foot birdie putt for a three at his first – the 10th – but his chances of picking up further shots were limited thereafter by his iron play.

One missed green after a duffed 100 yard approach particularly galling for the PGA Tour player-of-the-year.

The American, though, was happy with an improved putting display after last week’s struggles in Abu Dhabi.

He safely negotiated Sentosa’s large undulating greens and three two-putt birdies on the par fives, 18, four and seven, sent him joint third at the $1 million event, co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour, alongside world number 26 An Byeong-hun of South Korea.

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