Darkness halts Rd. 2; Spieth, Stricker finish Sat. AM


WINDERMERE, Fla. – Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker had a bit more work to do Saturday morning at Isleworth.

After a 1 1/2-hour weather delay at the Hero World Challenge, the 18-man field here raced to finish the second round before darkness fell. Sixteen players got to the house, but Spieth and Stricker opted to return at 10:15 a.m. ET Saturday to complete their second rounds.

Spieth, who has a two-shot lead over Henrik Stenson, got up and down from in front of the 18th green to make par on the final hole, while Stricker (in the next-to-last group) ended up three-putting from 50 feet for bogey.

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“It just wasn’t a good idea to finish on 18,” Spieth said Friday night. “I wouldn’t have really been able to see the putt. It’s a tough chip to get within a few feet anyway, so it didn’t make much sense to try and hit the chip if I really wasn’t going to want to hit the putt anyway.”

Playing in the last group with Spieth, Zach Johnson opted to finish the final hole after the horn blew. He closed his round with back-to-back bogeys to drop five shots behind.

“It’s more, do you want to come back to play a couple of shots, or do you want to get it finished? It can cost you as well,” Stenson said. “I finished about 10 or 12 minutes (before Spieth), and I hardly saw the hole on my putt.”

Play was suspended at 2:54 p.m. after a heavy downpour caused puddles on many greens and fairways. The second round resumed at 4:20 p.m. before the horn blew for the day at 5:44.

The third round is scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m.