For second straight day, Spieth's group put on clock


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey and Bryson DeChambeau were put on the clock for the second consecutive day at the Masters and told to speed it up. And for the second consecutive day, one of those players was none too pleased with the slap on the wrist.

On Friday, the group was told to speed it up on the 11th hole at Augusta National. Some time over the next few holes, they were taken off the clock, even though Spieth says they weren’t told, and then put back on the clock on the 17th hole.

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“I wouldn’t say it was unfair,” Spieth, the tournament leader, said. “I would say that, have fun getting put on the clock at 11 of Augusta, and then play 11 and 12 rushing with gusting winds. It’s not fun. It’s not fun at all.

“I’m more than happy to take a bad time, and I had a 70-footer on No. 11 across the green that I felt like I really needed to rush. [Caddie Michael Greller] said, ‘If you get a bad time, you get a bad time.’ But then after that, you’re still on the clock and you’ve got gusting winds. You step off one more shot and the rule says you get a stroke penalty. So it makes a difference. It was very tough at the time.”

Spieth followed a 66 with a second-round 74 that included bogeys at 16 and 17. He leads McIlroy, with whom he'll play in the final group on Saturday, by a shot.