Spieth dwells on positives after missed cut at Riviera

Fri Feb 19, 2016 4:39pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) - Jordan Spieth was focusing on the positives despite a week to forget at Riviera Country Club after he paid the price for some poor iron play with a missed cut at the Northern Trust Open on Friday.

The American world number one followed a shocking eight-over-par 79 in the opening round with an eight-birdie 68 on a sunny day at Riviera, leaving him well down the leaderboard at five-over 147.

However, the 22-year-old Texan took comfort from the way he had rebounded in the second round, and pointed to his impressive form after three of his four missed cuts on the PGA Tour last season.

"I can certainly take positives out of today's round," Masters and U.S. Open champion Spieth told reporters after mixing eight birdies with five bogeys on a challenging Riviera layout. "I'm not going to let this one get to me very much.

"Did a lot of talking with (caddie) Michael (Greller) throughout the round today. He was just saying, 'You know, don't make this a bigger deal than it is.

"Look at your missed cuts last year and what happened right after.' And he's right. We rebounded in a perfect form last year on just about every missed the cut. We'll be fine."

Last season, Spieth followed his first two missed cuts on the U.S. circuit with a tie for seventh and a runner-up spot.

He later missed successive cuts, at The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship, before tying for 13th at the BMW Championship and winning the season-ending Tour Championship.   Continued...

February 19, 2016; Pacific Palisades, CA, USA; Jordan Spieth reacts after missing a chance for birdie on the third hole green during the second round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports