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Mixed emotions for Jordan Spieth after US PGA Championship first round

Jordan Spieth lamented missed opportunities at the US PGA Championship, but was still happy with his efforts in tougher conditions at Whistling Straits.

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Jordan Spieth lamented missed opportunities at the US PGA Championship, but was still happy with his efforts in tougher conditions at Whistling Straits.

The American two-time major winner carded a one-under 71 in the opening round of the year's last major to be five shots behind leader Dustin Johnson.

After encountering the tougher of the day's conditions, Spieth was happy enough to come out with an under-par round.

However, he rued not taking his chances earlier in the round " while he praised David Lingmerth for the Swede's 67 in the afternoon.

"I'm pleased with it," Spieth said.

"Under par was a good round this afternoon, I think one of the better rounds in the afternoon.

"Whatever David ate this morning, I'd like to eat tomorrow, because that's a heck of a round of golf in those conditions.

"I definitely had chances to shoot a lower score, but the saves at the end there on 15 and 17 were huge.

"For the miscues that I had, maybe a couple of breaks early on the round, they certainly made up for themselves on the back nine.

"All in all, it's about how I played. I played good, a couple of those mid-range putts fall, we can work our way up the leaderboard."

Spieth finished the day with two birdies and a bogey, but he had his opportunities early in the round.

Asked about his mindset after letting those chances slip, the 22-year-old said: "Well, it's tough.

"Normally I would make a mistake earlier than that. I held very patient with it.

"When I'm playing well and those putts aren't going in and I'm hitting good putts, they're just misjudged, whether the wind hits it or the speed is a little off.

"Sometimes I make a mistake of being too aggressive, whether it's off the tee or on the greens.

"Earlier on, I've stayed patient for a very long time and there it was on 10 and 11, and all of a sudden I get a little bit too aggressive and it bites me.

"And that was - normally don't go that long with that many putts without one falling and that was frustrating, but then they started to at the end, a couple of saves that were big there.

"The one on 15 was really, really big, after hitting a poor tee shot. [Holes] 15 and 16 were key holes today."

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