MIAMI: World number one Jordan Spieth blamed a Twitter tirade at critics on frustration and boredom on Friday (Saturday in Manila) as he fought back to make the cut at the PGA Valspar Championship.
The 22-year-old American, defending champion at this week’s event just as he will be at next month’s Masters and the US Open in June, followed an opening five-over-par 76 with a 68 Friday to stand on two-over 144 after 36 holes on the Copperhead course at Innisbrook.
That left him one shot inside the cut line and seven off the lead at 137 shared by compatriots Steve Stricker and Will MacKenzie.
But it was the shots Spieth took at Twitter critics after his first round Thursday that were the hot topic of conversation, the first after Spieth read his Twitter feed and saw a “troll” who asserted that when Spieth’s putter “is not working, he’s garbage.”
Spieth responded: “Couldn’t be further from the truth troll. Go do research before hating.”
On Friday, Spieth said, “You’ll probably never see me do that again,” when it comes to responding to future critics online.
“It’s just really frustrating. I should never respond to any of that, just let it go. By the time the next tournament rolls around no one even remembers it any ways.”
During post-round comments to reporters after his 76, Spieth had joked, “What good does kicking the hotel room door do other than possibly injuring my foot and then having to withdraw?”
That was the quote the PGA Tour chose to use in a tweet to spark interest in a link to its story on Spieth, a decision that drew Spieth’s ire as well.
“@PGA Tour: seriously? That’s the quote you’re going to use out of that article?” Spieth tweeted.
“I felt it was uncalled for when I composed myself well after the round,” Spieth said.
The Twitter exchanges prompted four-time major winner Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland to tweet support for Spieth, noting that while he might not be Tiger Woods, he’s far from woeful.