LOS ANGELES (AP) — For Camilo Villegas, who has not made a cut all year, the opening round of the Northern Trust Open was a day to savor.
For Jordan Spieth, the No. 1 player in the world, it was a day to forget.
Villegas ran off four straight birdies on the back nine, and one more would have tied the course record at Riviera. Instead, his chip nearly went in and he missed the 4-foot par putt for an 8-under 63 and a three-shot lead.
Spieth was on the back nine at Riviera, dropping six shots over the last seven holes for a 79. That left him 16 shots behind.
“Did he shoot 8 over?” Villegas said. “Let me tell you, that shows you what the mind can do. Listen, look what Jordan has done the last few years. And is it normal for him to go shoot 8-over par? No. I would say I was a little surprised with my 8 under, to be honest. This is a golf course where it’s not easy to shoot 8 under.
“I didn’t know Jordan shot 8 (over),” he said. “But again, everybody has bad days in this sport, man.”
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