Emirates Australian Open: Jordan Spieth leads by one

With the American Tour sidling into its holiday period, some of the players are traveling afar to keep themselves in competitive shape. And one of them did so with more than a little emphasis.

With the some of the afternoon wave still on the course, Jordan Spieth opened his first round with a 4-under 67 to take a 1-shot lead over a predominantly Australian field in their national Open. He played in the marquee group with Adam Scott (his hero as a youngster) who went the other way finishing at 3-over and Aussie Nick Cullen who won the Australian Masters last week.

Rory McIlroy made his way to the Jack-Nicklaus refurbished Australian Golf Club in Sydney all the way from the DP World Championship in Dubai. He managed a 1-under round and headed back to the hotel to get a nap. He said the jet lag got him a little with his 4:30am wake-up for his early tee time. He played with Geoff Ogilvy (74) and Matt Jones (76). 

Other notables include: Brendon de Jonge (69), Steven Bowdich (70), Robert Allenby (71), Greg Chalmers (71), Boo Weekley (72), Rod Pampling (72), John Senden (72) and Nick O’Hearn (73) among others.

Spieth said that he came to admire Scott not only for his gorgeous golf swing, but for the way that he conducted himself as he played. That conduct was on display during the round as he missed a number of short putts without so much as a whimper. Acceptance can be a powerful pressure relief valve.

You never know who may be evaluating your behavior…and it keeps you in the moment rather than flashing ominously into the future or with annoyance back to the past.

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