Spieth contending despite first time seeing course


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – It was another venue where a first-timer isn’t supposed to make it look easy and another clutch performance by Jordan Spieth on Friday at The Players.

Spieth, playing his first Players, carded a 6-under 66 on Day 2 at TPC Sawgrass to move to within one stroke of the lead held by Martin Kaymer at 11 under par.

“Every course I’ve played the last year has been the first time for me to see it so I’m used to it,” said Spieth, who finished second in his first Masters last month after leading through 54 holes.

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Spieth’s bogey-free round included birdies at Nos. 2, 4 and 7 to turn in 33 and he was just as steady coming in with birdies at Nos. 11, 13 and 14.

“He’s very mature beyond his years and he’s got all the tools,” said Graeme McDowell, who was paired with Spieth for Rounds 1 and 2.