Spieth Shoots 66, Moves into Contention at PGA Championship

Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm
Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm walk onto the 16th green during the second round of the PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, NY. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

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%
Putts/GIR: 12/1.3
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

Quotable

“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

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