Spieth cards 64 to trail by one stroke at Byron Nelson

Thu May 19, 2016 11:26pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Jordan Spieth backed up his words with a six-under-par 64 to move within one stroke of the first round lead at the Byron Nelson in Texas on Thursday.

Six days after missing the cut at the Players Championship, Spieth signaled his intentions at his hometown event with a chip-in birdie at the first hole at the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving.

He continued to take advantage of benign conditions on the rain-softened layout on a day when Spaniard Sergio Garcia, New Zealander Danny Lee and American Johnson Wagner led on 63.

Thirty players could not complete the round due to a morning weather delay.

Spieth played his first PGA Tour event at the 2010 Byron Nelson when, at the age of 16, he tied for 16th.

But the world number two returned with a question mark over him, after his back nine meltdown at the Masters last month.

He subsequently took four weeks off, before returning to action last week at the Players Championship, where he made an early exit after two poor rounds, during which he was often grumpy and frustrated.

But he maintained there was nothing wrong with his game apart from a bit of rust, and if Thursday was not a definitive proof, it certainly was a step in the right direction.

"Holing the chip (on the first hole), I really saved a stroke-and-a-half on that shot," he told reporters after finishing in semi-darkness.   Continued...

May 19, 2016; Irving, TX, USA; Jordan Spieth plays his shot from the 13th tee during the first round of the 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament at TPC Four Seasons Resort - Las Colinas. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports