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Spieth (73) doesn't like new drop, does like tamping down spike marks

HONOLULU – On Wednesday, Jordan Spieth was asked about the new Rules of Golf, including a change that requires players to drop from knee-height. He didn’t appear to be a fan of the drop rule.

“Honestly it's like a frustrating asterisk that I have to pick it up and re-drop from your knee,” he said on the eve of the opening round at the Sony Open.

On Thursday, Spieth had to be reminded not once but twice on his opening nine to drop from the knee, first at the 15th hole and again at the 18th.

“I started to go from the shoulder and [caddie Michael Greller], [Tour official Slugger White], they stepped in, ‘No, no, no.