Jordan Spieth, Ryan Palmer on top at Zurich Classic with strong teamwork

Jordan Spieth didn’t take long to get back on track.

Playing for the first time since his disappointing final round in the Masters, Spieth and partner Ryan Palmer wound up at the top of the leaderboard in Thursday’s first round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana outside of New Orleans in Avondale, La.

The two Texans combined for a bogey-free, 6-under-par 66 in foursomes (alternate shot) in the first official two-man team event since 1981. Spieth capped the round with a birdie from 15 feet on the 18th hole.

On a bright day with little wind, Spieth and Palmer shared the lead with Kyle Stanley and Ryan Ruffels, who made eight birdies to offset two bogeys.

At 67 were the teams of K.J. Choi/Charlie Wi, Ben Martin/Ben Crane, Jonas Blixt/Cameron Smith and Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney. The team of Rickie Fowler/Jason Day shot 71, and Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose and silver medalist Henrik Stenson shot 72.

“Ryan really got us started,” Spieth said. “He didn’t miss a shot. I think he missed two all day, and…

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