Narrow fairways and speedy greens at the lengthened Quail Hollow Club caused trouble for former Crimson Tide star Justin Thomas Thursday in the first round of the PGA Championship.
But Spieth, who was five shots behind clubhouse leader Thorbjorn Olesen, was left frustrated by his missed opportunities with the putter.
"I can't putt any worse than I did today", said the Texan.
Now, he's just healing and waiting for the SAS Championship in October, where he annually rides around in a cart, holding court between shots at the center of the biggest gallery on the course, and inevitably driving the ball out of bounds left on the 9th.
Beach, a 27-year-old native of Stillwater, Minnesota, who graduated from Nebraska but did not play college golf, is an assistant club pro at Baltusrol, which hosted last year's PGA Championship.
Spanish playing partner and Master champion Sergio Garcia has an even worse time, shooting a four over par 75.
Spieth said he wouldn't feel additional pressure because he already has a major this year. "I had good position, I just didn't take advantage of my opportunities".
"... I hadn't been swinging that good". This week, I worked hard on it and I got a lot of confidence in the driver.
"I feel like the last two months I've been playing very well without really getting any results", Olesen said. I've got control over it finally. I've got to make up ground.
The putting surfaces at Quail Hollow are so firm and fast that players had a hard time holing putts early in the opening round.
He gunned his putt from just short of the fifth green about 10 feet by the hole and missed that one for bogey. "It's just five hours of real tough golf". There are a lot of little knobs where if you hit it high it's going to stay high and hit it low it's going to break away from the hole. You can't really describe it, but it's there.
The 30-year-old was -1 under par heading into the second hole but after the warning proceeded to bogey four of the last seven holes to finish the day at +3 over par. He made birdie on the par-3 17th hole. "I needed those (two late birdies) from short range because it seemed like the lid was on today".
BROOKS KOEPKA'S drive on No. 16 sailed to the right and hit a marshal in the head, leaving his face bloodied. "If I grabbed a couple of those, then I would be pleased".
Fowler found the green in two on the par-5 seventh, then holed a 12-foot birdie on the ninth to make the turn at one under. Kisner identified four or five holes where he could make birdie, and he played for par everywhere else.
"Historically, I'm pretty solid with the lead, so that was the goal, to grab the lead, " he said.
The ball wound up in the fairway, and Koepka went on to bogey the par-4 hole - the first of the course's challenging "Green Mile" finishing stretch of three holes.