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Spieth and Palmer share lead at team event in New Orleans

  • Britain's Justin Rose chips to the ninth green during the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Britain's Justin Rose chips to the ninth green during the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Daniel Berger, right, picks at the sleeve of Rickie Fowler, as they walk down the second fairway during the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Daniel Berger, right, picks at the sleeve of Rickie Fowler, as they walk down the second fairway during the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rickie Fowler hits from the second fairway during the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Rickie Fowler hits from the second fairway during the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

Jordan Spieth showed off his stellar short game and Ryan Palmer made key putts as they posted a 6-under 66 in foursomes for a share of the lead Thursday in the Zurich Classic, the first team event on the PGA Tour in 36 years.

Spieth hit a bump-and-run from 100 feet to set up a birdie on the par-5 11th, he chipped in for birdie on the 14th and closed out the round with a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th at the TPC Louisiana.

They were tied with 18-year-old Ryan Ruffels and Kyle Stanley.

Nick Watney made a 60-foot eagle putt from off the 18th green for eagle as he and Charley Hoffman were among four teams at 67 in alternate shot.