Amateur Spieth holding own at U.S. Open

June, 14, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jordan Spieth got into the U.S. Open only after PGA Tour pro Brandt Snedeker withdrew with a rib injury. The University of Texas golfer, who just finished his freshman year, is so far making the most of his first major championship appearance.

Starting on No. 9 at Olympic Club due to the routing that has players going off the first and ninth tees, Spieth parred his first two holes. A bogey at No. 11 dropped him to 1 over, but he got that shot back with a birdie at the short par-3 15th hole.

He gave another one back with a bogey at the monstrously long par-5 16th hole that measures 670 yards, but he again rebounded with birdie at the shorter par-5 17th hole.

The 18-year-old made the turn at even par with the most difficult stretch of holes -- Nos. 1-6 -- still ahead.

Kevin Maguire is the senior golf editor for He can be reached at

Kevin Maguire is the senior golf editor for




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