SAN FRANCISCO – Bogus.
That was Jordan Spieth’s take on his Day 2 putting exhibition that led to a 4-and-3 victory over Matt Every at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play.
All total, Spieth rolled in 130 feet of putts on Thursday, but the more impressive statistic was his 10 one-putts to close out his match.
Spieth, who said he made an effort to be more aggressive on Harding Park’s greens on Day 2, began his run at No. 6 when he rolled in a 16 footer for birdie. He added a 17 footer at No. 7, 22 feet at No. 8, 16 feet at No. 9 and 13 feet at the 10th hole to go 1 up.
“It’s almost as good as I’ve ever putted,” said the Masters champion, who is 2-0 this week in group play.
It was at the eighth hole when Every began to sense the momentum had shifted.
“I was walking off and he said, ‘When are you going to stop doing that?’” Spieth said. “If I were in his position, I would have been very upset. That was bogus, and I did not deserve to tie that hole [with a birdie].”
Spieth closed out the match with an 8 footer for birdie at No. 15 and will play Lee Westwood in Friday’s final group match with the winner advancing to the Sweet 16, when the format will revert back to single elimination.