NORTON, Mass. – Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship was a fitting microcosm of Jordan Spieth’s last few weeks.
On Day 2 at TPC Boston, Spieth’s ball-striking was good enough to produce a special round. He was 21st in strokes gained off the tee, fourth in strokes gained tee to green and he gave himself plenty of birdie opportunities.
As has been the case the last few tournaments, however, his normally automatic putting stroke was just a beat off.
Spieth needed 29 putts on his way to his second-consecutive 68 that left him tied for eighth when he completed his round, just four strokes off the lead.
“I gave myself some pretty good looks from that 10, 15 foot range,” Spieth said. “Kind of like last week, they were a little off. I would under read one, over read the next on the same looking putt. So it's close, it's close to all clicking.”
Spieth may have momentum on his side heading into Round 3 after rolling in a 16 footer for birdie on his final hole (No. 9), his longest putt on Saturday at TPC Boston.
“I just didn't quite get them to go until right there on [No.] 9,” Spieth said. “My other birdies were a chip in [a 24-footer at the 13th hole] and two tap ins, so hopefully the one on nine springboards something in the weekend.”