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Spieth (69) derailed by quadruple bogey-8 on Day 1

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HONOLULU – Jordan Spieth was cruising along at the Sony Open, 4 under through 16 holes after a rocky start to his round when the bottom dropped out of his day.

Spieth’s tee shot at the par-4 eighth hole, his 16th of the day, clipped a tree down the left side of the fairway, and his next shot caromed off another branch, advancing just 50 yards. He hit a tree with his third and fourth shots before finally finding a green-side bunker. That’s four shots, four trees.

The world No. 2 would go on to make a quadruple bogey-8 on the hole and drop to even par. Although he finished his round with a birdie at the par-5 ninth, his first-round 69 left him tied for 39th as the afternoon wave began their rounds.


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Spieth declined to speak with the media after his round, although he did sign autographs for fans, and his finish adds another chapter to his hot/cold relationship with Waialae Country Club.

In his first start at the Sony Open in 2014 he missed the cut, but rebounded last year in his second start with a third-place finish.