Spieth in hunt despite 'brainless' putting at Aussie Open

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Jordan Spieth made a bold move in Round 2 of the Australian Open, but a late double bogey knocked him back to the pack by day’s end.

Spieth started the second round at Royal Sydney two shots off the lead. He traded a first-hole birdie with a bogey at the second, but then strung together four consecutive birdies on Nos. 6-9.

He turned in 4-under 32 with a share of the lead.

The 2014 Aussie Open champ, however, stalled playing into the wind on the back nine with eight pars. His lone non-par was a double bogey-6 from the middle of the fairway at the par-4 15th.

"I gave myself a lot of chances. I made a 6-footer today and, other than that, I didn't make anything outside of 3 feet," Spieth said. "Really, it's just the putter that needs improvement."

Spieth finished with a 2-under 70. At 5 under, overall, he is tied for ninth place and four shots off the 36-hole lead, held by James Nitties.

"I'm still in it with feeling like I've been brainless on the greens," Spieth said. "Normally a stronghold of mine, so I can take that as confidence because I believe that it will be there once the weekend comes around."