Spieth upbeat after missing cut at Riviera


World number one Jordan Spieth is refusing to dwell on his performance at the Northern Trust Open after missing the cut.

Spieth endured a miserable two rounds at Riviera Country Club as he exited the PGA Tour tournament at five over the card through 36 holes, 15 shots adrift of leader Jason Kokrak, despite a spirited response on Friday.

The two-time major champion holed a three-under-par 68, just 24 hours after carding the worst opening round in his professional career by shooting a 79.

That forgettable round included eight bogeys, a double-bogey and just two birdies, however Spieth remains upbeat after joining defending champion Jason Hahn and Sergio Garcia through the exit door in California.

"I can certainly take positives out of today's round," said Spieth, who tied for fourth last year. "I'm not going to let this one get to me very much.

"I did a lot of talking with [caddie] Michael [Greller] throughout the round today. He was just saying, 'You know, don't make this a bigger deal than it is. Look at your missed cuts last year and what happened right after.' And he's right. We rebounded in a perfect form last year on just about every missed the cut. We'll be fine.

"Coming into the day, the hardest part is trying to make enough birdies, and I did that. But I just made too many mistakes. It was the same thing as yesterday, some sloppy iron play.

"That needs to be fixed by some rest and some time away from my clubs for a few days. And then when I come back, I just need to be out there on the range a little bit more than I have been leading up to events."