After going two weeks without touching a club, Jordan Spieth expected some rust at the WGC-HSBC Champions. But that doesn't mean the former world No. 1 is content with a sub-standard performance.
Following an opening-round 68, Spieth struggled to garner any momentum en route to an even-par 72 on Friday. At 4 under, he is tied for 27th among the 78-man field, 10 shots behind leader Kevin Kisner.
Spieth birdied two of his first four holes, but his round was ultimately derailed by three straight bogeys on Nos. 11-13.
"I felt like I wasn't zeroing in. I felt like I was very lazy in my routine, very lazy in picking targets," Spieth said. "It bit me with three unforced errors in a row on the back nine there, but I am pleased with the way that we did rebound there and get two more coming in. Because it looked like I could have just bogeyed in."
The rust Spieth spoke of earlier in the week was evident during his second round, as he found just four of 14 fairways and nine of 18 greens in regulation amid breezy conditions.
Spieth began the round four shots behind Kisner, but his day got off to a hectic start when he mis-managed his pre-round practice window and had to hurry to the tee.
"Today I was a little time-crunched. I got caught on the range hitting balls," he said. "I didn't get up and hit enough with the long clubs, and then I just kind of rushed into it and I got to the first tee somewhat upset. I don't really know why, it was just like that."
Spieth bogeyed No. 2, but bounced back with birdies on Nos. 3 and 4 after a quick consult with caddie Michael Greller. While he was able to steady himself, his round took a decided turn on his inward half.
"After No. 2, I told Michael, 'We just need to, if we can, step back and I'll just try and take a deep breath and have a better attitude right now. I mean, this isn't doing me any good,'" he said. "Obviously worked right there. Was really cruising ... then I just had a lapse in concentration for about 30 minutes there."