A slow start Thursday had him visibly upset. The kid hit just 12 of 28 fairways in his first two rounds, but a spectacular shot from the right rough Friday led to a closing birdie and a 3-under total.
Spieth is in the mix ... sort of.
“It’s gonna get breezy on the weekend — it does here every year,” he said after Friday’s 67. “I’ve gotta go out and shoot a low number and see what happens.”
His ability to avoid trouble is a big reason Spieth has risen to eighth in the World Ranking, but with better scoring by the morning half of the draw Friday, he confessed to some ill-advised chances while trying to play catch-up.
“I made a couple of [questionable] decisions here and there, didn’t play the right shot,” he said. “I got too aggressive, thinking everyone was going low. It’s a difficult golf course. You’ve got to take your medicine.”
No medicine was needed at the par-4 18th. Spieth drove it wide-right to avoid the pond running down the left side, leaving him a hanging lie and 178 yards into a narrow green. He responded with a piercing, pronounced draw that stopped 3 feet below the pin. Spieth converted to pull within five of the lead.
Long way to go, but the kid is in the picture.