Spieth's putter heating up at Byron Nelson


IRVING, Texas – With something less than his “A” game this week at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Jordan Spieth still found himself in a familiar position atop a leaderboard thanks to a familiar weapon.

Spieth’s putter has heated up following last week’s missed cut at The Players, with the world No. 2 rolling in birdie putts of 21 feet at No. 14, 35 feet at No. 17 and 11 feet at the 18th hole for a second-round 65 and an 11 under total.

“When I stand over my putter right now it's back to where we like to have it,” said Spieth, who did three-putt the 13th hole for the second consecutive day for his lone bogey.

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Spieth’s iron play, however, has not been as sharp. Although he hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation his proximity to the hole was well below the field average (33 feet).

“So even though I’m not quite feeling like I have my best iron play right now, I’m at least missing on the putting surface, I'm able to escape with [par] and go on to the next hole,” Spieth said.

Spieth’s best finish at his hometown event is a tie for 16th in 2010 as a 16-year-old amateur.