SAN FRANCISCO -- Jordan Spieth only got into the U.S. Open after PGA Tour pro Brandt Snedeker withdrew with a rib injury. The Texas freshman and former Dallas Jesuit phenom 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 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 ESPN.com. He can be reached at Kevin.Maguire@espn.com.