Jordan Spieth shot a 66 on Friday, and will enter the weekend as part of the lead pack chasing down Brooks Koepka.
Starting out on the 10th hole at Bethpage Black, Spieth sandwiched a pair of birdies on Nos. 11 and 17 between two bogeys (Nos. 15 and 16) to turn even-par 35. On his final nine, he was much better, carding birdies on Nos. 1, 4, 7 and 8 en route to a two-day total of 5-under par.
“Like I said yesterday, just try and feel like I have control of the club, the timing, good rhythm to the swing,” said Spieth. “It’s nice to hole a few putts, and to make a few good par saves today.”
On the day he hit 8 of 14 fairways, and just 9 of 18 greens. Tied for second with Adam Scott, Spieth will play with Koepka in Saturday’s final pairing.
Spieth’s Second-Round Stats
Driving: 309.4 yards
Fairways: 8/14, 57.1%
Greens: 9/18, 50.0%
Scoring: 6 Birdies, 10 Pars, 2 Bogeys
Spieth’s First-Round Stats
Driving: 290.8 yards (46th)
Fairways: 7/14, 50.0% (109th)
Greens: 15/18, 83.3% (2nd)
Putts/GIR: 26/1.7 (36th)
Scoring: 4 Birdies, 12 Pars, 1 Bogey, 1 Double
“It feels like I’m playing the way I’m scoring, which is really nice, and I don’t think I can — I think it’s deceiving to look at first two days versus last two because I think I just got a way with stuff random days that happened to be coupled together.”
– Jordan Spieth