Late mistakes cost 19-year-old Spieth (74)


GULLANE, Scotland – The Jordan Spieth train rolled on Friday at Muirfield during the second round of the British Open.

The 19-year-old winner last week at the John Deere Classic made Scottish galleries take notice early when he was 1 under par for the day, which was only two shots behind leader Zach Johnson, who hadn’t even started his second round.

But, unfortunately, Muirfield jumped up and bit the teen during a three-hole stretch that Spieth played in 4 over par. He made double bogey on the 15th hole and followed with bogeys on the next two and ultimately shot 3-over 74.

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Still, Spieth stands at 1 over for the tournament and was well inside the top-20 on the leaderboard when he finished. His position will likely get better as the afternoon progresses because the conditions are getting tougher.

“Today, I finally got to a point where I finally had enough and wanted to really hit it closer,” Spieth said. “And that’s what happens when you try.

“I try and learn each week. I was in contention a few times and failed and learned a little bit and finally broke through last week. So, now I’m trying to get into contention here and see what we can do.”