After opening with a 74 on Thursday, Masters champ Jordan Spieth rebounds in a hurry with a 62 on Friday to get himself back in contention at the RBC Heritage tournament in Hilton Head Island.
Jordan Spieth’s Masters hangover lasted one round.
After opening with a 2-over par 74 at the RBC Heritage at Harbor Town Links, the green jacket winner burned Pete Dye’s tight layout with a second-round 62.
It proves the 21-year-old has the game to win anywhere. Long, tight, it doesn’t matter.
Most Masters champs would be taking the next week off but even after a whirlwind victory tour that included a trip to New York, Spieth wanted to honor his commitment, even after 24 appearances over two days.
And, even after his disappointing first round, which included a double bogey on the par 3 14th, Spieth proclaimed, “Got a good feeling about tomorrow. Feel like I got some swings in, got in somewhat of a rhythm and can at least go out and feel the shots. It was just an off day and it happens.”
Friday, something else happened. The kid, who now has two wins and two seconds in his last four starts, found his incomparable putting stroke again and made nine birdies, eight more than he had Thursday with five fewer putts. He also hit two more fairways and six more greens in regulation.
“I found a little something in my ball position on the range and it got rid of the slice,” he explained. “I also transferred it into my putting and I got through the ball a little better.
“I would’ve liked to have been more prepared (Thursday), that wasn’t the case, but I got here and I didn’t get the basics down first when I started hitting balls yesterday and it transferred to the course. Today, went back to trying to get posture, ball position, hand position and tempo down, and struck the ball quite a bit better.”
Teeing off on the back nine, Spieth got his round started with a birdie on No. 10. He made the turn in 31 and continued to dominate par 5s, playing them in 3-under. A chip-in for birdie on No. 8 preceded a birdie on his closing hole where he received a huge ovation after sticking an iron to four feet and draining the putt.
“It was just better golf,” Spieth said. “I told you guys yesterday, no excuses.”
The 62 was one shy of David Frost’s course record and equaled his low score on the PGA Tour.
“His round was really something to watch,” said playing partner Matt Kuchar, who shot 66 to go to 8-under for the tournament and take the clubhouse lead. “It was fun to be alongside him. We were going back and fourth. He played fantastic today, and I think you get a couple of guys playing some good golf and there’s definitely got to be some momentum that helps the two keep going along.”
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