Jordan Spieth, who has vastly under-performed this season with just a pair of top 10s in eight starts, made one of the most bizarre claims ever uttered by a golfer following a second-round 67 on Friday.
“Honestly, my goal for the week’s been accomplished just in two rounds,” said Spieth, after rounds of 68 and 67.
He then went out on Saturday and promptly made a hat trick of three-putt bogeys on the first eight holes en route to a 71.
Another round in the 60s. Just how happy are you, what’s that done for confidence these two rounds so far?
SPIETH: Yeah, a lot. Honestly, my goal for the week’s been accomplished just in two rounds. Just trying to show some consistency and make some birdies, see a couple putts go in.
Jordan, was this the kind of round you were looking for going into the week?
SPIETH: Yeah. I mean, from where I was three days ago, goal accomplished for the week already and it’s Friday. So at this point anything else is icing on the cake. It’s kind of weird to say that, but just trying to take a step forward every single day.
What was your level of frustration with the putter today?
SPIETH: Oh, higher than yesterday. Yeah, I mean, four three-putts in the first eight holes. It’s one of those where you look at the scoreboard and you’re like, man, what if. It was mainly just speed that was off. You can’t continue to have four-, five-footers for par out here.
You said yesterday it was mission accomplished after two rounds, anything else is icing. Is that still the case or does today’s round give you more things to work on tomorrow?
SPIETH: Well, it certainly gives me more things to work on. It’s not like it — you know, it’s not like I wanted to stop that at all. It’s more I was glad I had a chance, and today was about putting myself in position to have those kind of feelings of trying to win on Sunday again that I haven’t had in quite a while. Now the only way to do that is a good front nine tomorrow.