Spieth overcomes caddie absence in Singapore

World number one Jordan Spieth made an encouraging start to the Singapore Open, despite being without the services of regular caddie Michael Greller.

Jordan Spieth - cropped

World number one Jordan Spiethshot 67 with agent and manager Jay Danzi acting as his caddie.

World number one Jordan Spieth made an encouraging start to the Singapore Open, despite being without the services of regular caddie Michael Greller.

Spieth, who has played his last five tournaments in five different countries, was one shot off the lead when stormy weather brought a premature halt to the first round at Sentosa Golf Club. The American shot 67 with agent and manager Jay Danzi on his bag, after Greller picked up an injury last week in Abu Dhabi.

"I thought Jay stepped in extremely well. It's a tough place to caddie when you are not used to carrying the bag, what with the weather, but he took it like a champ," said Spieth. "We have some rounds under our belt and we have played together a lot so its an easy one-week replacement while Michael is getting healthy."

A bogey-free round put Spieth, by far the headline act in an event co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour, a shot behind South African Keith Horne and American Berry Henson, who was on his final hole when play stopped.

"Given some of the positions I was in off the tee it was a little frustrating," Spieth added. "From there I could not quite get it on the right tier of the green or the right distance. My distance control was just off trying to judge the wind, humidity and the heat. We just struggled a bit with that."