Jordan Spieth's opening round at the HP Byron Nelson Championship

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by TED MADDEN

WFAA

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 10:52 PM

IRVING — During the week leading up to the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Jordan Spieth wasn't shy about saying how much he wants to win the tournament.

After a first round 70 (even par), Spieth is four shots behind leader Marc Leishman, with about half the field still on the course.

"It's a home game," said Spieth, who's playing in the Nelson for the fourth time in his career. "I really want to play well here. That's not going to affect me in any way on the course."

Spieth started his round on #10 with a birdie; a bogey on 14 gave him an even-par 35 on his first nine. After a double-bogey on 3, Spieth birdied 7 and 9 to finish at even par.

"Pins were extremely difficult for a Thursday," Spieth said. "They were on some of the hardest locations on most of the holes, so they were hard to get to. "I really feel like I played solid golf today except for those two swings -- maybe hit the fairway on 3, I post two-under, which would be right in it."

Having earned more than $3.1 million in 14 events, Spieth begins this tournament fifth on the PGA Tour's money list.  He's finished in the top 10 in six events, which only Matt Kuchar has done in more (eight).

But the reason Spieth is golf's biggest name right now is the way he contended at the Masters and The Players Championship — the two biggest tournaments of the year so far. In both, he began Sunday tied atop the leaderboard.

In only his second year on tour, Spieth has made it clear that he's not just trying to prove he belongs on tour — he wants to win every week.

"Once I hit a few more fairways, my iron game will be there," Spieth said. "Hopefully (I'll) get back on track and make a run."
 

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