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."
"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."