Day satisfied, Spieth grumbles

Jason Day was happy enough with his opening 70 at the Players Championship, but Jordan Spieth blamed a poorly raked bunker for a double bogey on his card.

Spieth was fuming after his ball on the par-4 first – his 10th hole of the day – came to rest in a bunker which he felt had not been properly raked.

The American took a picture of the bunker as evidence, and promptly made a double-bogey thanks to a three-putt after hacking out.

He eventually signed for a disappointing one-over-par 73 to lie six shots off the early pace set by William McGirt.

"It was a bunker that was raked to where it just kind of looked like somebody didn't really care much to do it or were rushing off the green," Spieth said. "I was in worse than a plugged lie when (the ball) had just trickled in it.

"And I overreacted probably a bit, but you just don't see that very often, and I know my guy, Michael (Greller) rakes and makes sure that it's exactly the way it was when he went in there, so if you hit it in the bunker, everybody gets the same kind of thing.

"Guys are very good 99.9 percent of the time and that was very frustrating, because I knew where I was, from a normal lie, it wasn't too bad; and from that lie I had no chance," Spieth added. "So it was a frustrating time in the round there where I was trying to kind of get some momentum going."

Defending champion Day, meanwhile, signed for an opening three-under-par 70. His round looked set to be much better at one stage, but after temporarily holding the lead on five under thanks to a string of early birdies, he stumbled with three bogeys heading home.

Nevertheless, at two under – three shots back – he definitely has something to build on.

“You always got to start somewhere and try and build on it and it seems like it was a good start for me,” he said.

“I'm excited about where the state of the game is. Obviously there's some positive stuff. It's easy to get yourself out of position here, but for the most part I actually played some solid golf.”