Spieth (63) shines at Torrey Pines

Jordan Spieth is 10 under after two rounds at Torrey Pines.

(USATSI)Jordan Spieth is 10 under after two rounds at Torrey Pines. (USATSI)
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This time a year ago Jordan Spieth was completing his first official tournament as a specialist golfer.


He missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open after shooting 72-73 in his first two rounds, 12 shots behind leader (and eventual winner) Tiger Woods.

What a difference a year makes.

This time after two rounds, having fun with Woods, Spieth finds himself 10 under, nine shots clear of the seven-time champ after a birdie-filled second-round 63.


Spieth couldn't miss a green and seemingly couldn't miss a putt. He made four birdies on his front nine (the back nine on the north course) and followed that up with five more on the rear.


Here is a look:


Of course the north course is playing about four shots easier so Spieth's 63 wasn't totally unexpected after that he shot a 1-under 71 at the south course on Thursday, but it was still impressive.

When asked why he scored so well on Friday, Spieth told Golf Channel the answer was pretty simple.

"I putted a lot better. I was more stable over the ball, " said Spieth.

He also hit greens – 17 of 18 in regulation in fact , in accordance with Justin Ray of ESPN. Here's a sampling:

That he also said he was undaunted having fun with current world No . 1 Woods (who could only post a 1-under 71).


"I've spent lots of time with him. That positively helped. He is easy to play with, he talks to us. I just played my game. I was not looking at the scores, " said Spieth.


Everyone says this, of course, but with Spieth and the way he talks and just how he carries himself, well, you actually sort of believe it.


He could be golf's unicorn.


Every 20-year-old who plays out here (which isn't many) has immense talent. But none of them has the poise Spieth has to go out with Tiger and best him by eight strokes in a tournament he's owned. I mean, get free from here with that – it's unusual.


Spieth led by one over Stewart Cink after the dust settled on Friday and with that lead will be gunning for PGA Tour win No . 2 this weekend. This isn't the John Deere Classic, though, this is a big-boy tournament and everybody knows it.


Spieth was asked about his chances to win soon after he completed his 63, he was realistic but confident.


"The south course is a different animal than that north course. I want to play it like I did yesterday. It's an US Open type venue, " said Spieth.


Yet another tournament Spieth might be winning in the near future.


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Tiger struggles

Padraig harrington didn’t own it on Friday at Torrey Pines.

(USATSI)Tiger Woods didn't have it on Friday at Torrey Pines. (USATSI)
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Padraig harrington knew that he needed something low on Friday to get himself to the tournament likely to the weekend and he didn’t even come close to getting it.

For just the sixth time in his career Woods completed his first 36 holes of a tournament without making a birdie or better on a par five.

And it’s really even worse than that when you think about his history at Torrey Pines.

How come Tiger struggling? Woods was -135 for par-5s on his first 13 visits to Torrey Pines. He’s +1 on par-5s thru 36 holes this week.

— Jamie Kennedy (@jamieonsport) January 24, 2014

Oh and it gets even worse! According to Bob Harig Woods was 9 under on the par fives through two rounds this past year when that he won as of this tournament. In 2010 he’s one over.

When asked about his game that he declined the culprit the time off.

I think Woods, who trails playing partner Jordan Spieth by nine shots, is too far back once again to make a run, especially considering that the final two rounds will be played on the south course where in fact the scoring average is hovering around 2 over.

Woods has made a mini-career out of proving people wrong at Torrey Pines (he can’t win three straight! He cannot win four straight! He can’t win on a broken leg! ) but I think overcoming this deficit, with 50 golfers in front of him, is a bit a lot to ask.

Woods blew his chance to throw himself into the mix on Friday and that he knows it.

Here’s a look at your second-day leaderboard and what sort of few of the other stars did:

1 ) Jordan Spieth: -10
– Stewart Cink: -9

3. Nicolas Colsaerts: -8

T4. Marc Leishman: -7

T4. Billy Horschel: -7

And all of those other stars…

Jordan Spieth (Round 2: 9 under, Tournament: 10 under, 1st)

- Held one 36-hole lead previously (2013 AT&T National) and finished sixth.

Jason Day (Round 2: 1 over, Tournament: 5 under, T11)
- Exemplified the difference between your north course (where that he shot 66 on Thursday) and the south course (where that he shot 73 on Friday). You’ll see far more of the latter on Saturday and Sunday.

Keegan Bradley (Round 2: E, Tournament: 3 under, T22)

- Part of friends with Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker that all shot 72s on the south course. Bradley’s was quiet, though

Phil Mickelson (Round 2: 1 over, Tournament: 2 under, T32)

- Five bogeys, four birdies, lots of breathtaking pars like this one:
Just your normal Mickelsonian walk in the park. “I can’t stand bogeying the last hole, ” said Mickelson to Golf Channel after his round.

He also said he was “torn on the best plan of action” regarding his balky back on the week-end. I wouldn’t be astonished to see him withdraw on Saturday.
Bubba Watson (Round 2: 1 over, Tournament: 1 under, T50)

- Watson made two double bogeys whilst still being somehow only shot a 73. That he was flirting with the cut line for most of the day.

Padraig harrington (Round 2: 1 under, Tournament: 1 under, T50)- He’ll need certainly to shoot a couple of 66s on an US Open-like south course to truly have a chance. Not happening.

Hunter Mahan (Round 2: E, Tournament: E, T65)- Mahan’s 72 was even quieter than Bradley’s. He had one birdie, one bogey, and 16 pars.

Brandt Snedeker (Round 1: 5 over, Tournament: 5 over, CUT)

- Bad outing from Snedeker especially after his T2 at this tournament last season. He’ll be watching from home this weekend.

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Z. Johnson wins Tournament of Champions

KAPALUA, Hawaii – Zach Johnson is taking his place among the large boys in golf with two of the shortest clubs in his bag.

On a Plantation Course at Kapalua that needs to be paradise for the game's longest hitters, Johnson chipped in for his opening birdie after which hit 4 beautiful wedge pictures on the back 9 Monday to rally from two shots behind, close with a 7-under sixty six and win the Event of Champions.

"I simply picked it apart," Johnson mentioned.

[+] EnlargeZach Johnson

AP Photo/Marco GarciaZach Johnson's year acquired off to a good begin with a one-shot victory over Jordan Spieth in the Tournament of Champions.

That was pivotal on the back 9, where five gamers had a chance to win. Johnson ran off 4 birdies in a five-gap stretch, all of them with a wedge in his hand, none of the photographs significantly simple. He wound up with a one-shot win over Jordan Spieth, the perfect solution to begin a brand new yr.

Particularly after he ended the outdated one with a win.

Johnson didn't want any heroics this time, not like last month in California within the World Challenge when he holed a shot from the drop zone – with a wedge – on the final hole and wound up beating Tiger Woods in a playoff. Kapalua was mainly about chipping and putting, and Johnson is among the many finest.

"Getting the ball in the fairway and giving my wedges a chance was essential," he mentioned. "It's about plotting my manner, placing myself in a yardage spot that I do know goes to give me a chance."

Johnson, beginning his eleventh season on the PGA Tour, won for the 11th time in his profession. Since his rookie season in 2004, solely Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh have received more on the PGA Tour. It additionally was Johnson's third win in his last six begins, relationship to the BMW Championship exterior Chicago in September that certified him for this winners-solely tournament in Kapalua.

Spieth had a one-shot lead going into the back nine and thought solely of constructing three birdies. He started approach too late, dropping three good birdie chances in the gentle, middle portion of the again 9 and then ending with two birdies that solely gave him a runner-up end. He closed with a 70.

"I was more than happy with the finish, having the ability to birdie the final two holes and not less than have considerably of an opportunity on 18," said Spieth, who had a 100-foot eagle putt just off the entrance of the green to power a playoff. "But in the end, 14, 15, 16 really kind of hit me onerous in the course of the back 9."

He made par on all of them, twice missing putts from about 6 toes.

That's where Johnson thrived.

He caught Spieth for the lead with a wedge from eighty three yards to about 2 toes for birdie on No. 12. Johnson laid back with a three-wooden on the 14th gap and hit wedge to about 8 feet beneath the outlet for birdie and the outright lead. Maybe probably the most daunting shot came on the par-5 15th, up a steep slope to a green with a false entrance. The grain from the fairway and on the green was in opposition to him.

"For those who simply missed it just a little bit, it's come back at you," he said. "I hit an excellent shot."

He adopted that with a wedge to 5 feet and a tough, downhill putt that broke sharply toward the ocean that he made for his closing birdie.

Webb Simpson, tied with Spieth and defending champion Dustin Johnson to start out the ultimate spherical, by no means caught up and closed with a 70. Simpson tied for third with Kevin Streelman, who had a sixty seven.

Jason Dufner was four strokes back in fifth after a sixty nine.

Dustin Johnson made three bogeys earlier than making his first birdie. He shot seventy three and tied for sixth.

Jordan Spieth

Spieth had a one-shot lead going to the again nine.

Spieth was playing within the last group for the first time and seemed poised as ever. With birdies on both par 5s on the front nine, he had the outright lead and regarded as if he would possibly grow to be the youngest participant with two PGA Tour wins since Ralph Guldahl in 1932. The signature shot was from a bunker in need of the 14th green. He blasted out to 6 feet above the hole for a chance to match birdies with Zach Johnson, in the group ahead.

Besides that he missed it.

After which he had to scramble for par on the 15th when what he thought was a perfect shot rolled down the slope 45 yards away. "Yes!" Spieth mentioned when the ball was in flight. However when he saw it land softly and tumble down the hill, he adopted that with, "You've got to be kidding me."

It took two chips to reach the green, and solely a ten-foot par putt saved him in the sport.

Spieth missed an eight-foot birdie putt on the 16th, and the 2 birdies on the end not less than gave him a superb begin to his new yr. He earned $665,000.

Simpson, who received some encouraging news concerning the new child of caddie Paul Tesori before starting his spherical, additionally discovered the incorrect gear with consecutive bogeys early in the spherical and spent the remainder of the day trying to catch up. He birdied three of his final five holes, but that wasn't sufficient to keep tempo with the leader.

Masters champion Adam Scott got inside one shot of the lead with an eagle on the fifteenth hole, just for his wedge to hit the flag on the sixteenth. He had to settle for par, and he closed with a bogey to complete within the tie for sixth.


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U.S. ahead by 1 at delayed Presidents Cup

DUBLIN, Ohio – One other rain delay minimize brief some exceptional golf Friday in the Presidents Cup.

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley shot 30 on the front 9 at Muirfield Village, an astounding efficiency in foursomes. Only some sloppy play allowed the match to go 15 holes in a four-and-3 win over Jason Day and Graham DeLaet.

“We have been down but, boy, on 5 we just turned it on and played a few of our greatest golf,” Mickelson stated.

Proper behind them, Brendon de Jonge started to emerge as a star of the International workforce. He teamed with Ernie Els and they never trailed in a 4-and-3 win over Hunter Mahan and Invoice Haas, going 8 beneath when the match ended on the fifteenth.

“This man, he performed lovely and we each played effectively right this moment,” Els said.

The Americans had a four½-3½ lead, although 4 matches had been still in progress when darkness descended on Muirfield Village.

For the second straight day, storms interrupted play and left a bleak outlook for finishing Sunday. Heavy rain – and the time it took to get small swimming pools of water out of the bunkers and fairways – led to a delay of almost three hours.

The opposite 4 matches – the Americans were up in two, the Worldwide led the other two – were to renew Saturday morning.

Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar were 6 below via eight holes and still only had a 1-up lead over Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Oosthuizen missed a short par putt on the ninth to lose one other hole, and the previous Open Championship winner made an excellent higher blunder on the par-3 twelfth. After Woods went long of the green, Oosthuizen’s 7-iron leaked to the appropriate and hopped into the water. The Individuals gained with a bogey and have been 3 up with six holes to play once they stopped.

Steve Stricker and 20-12 months-outdated Jordan Spieth finally seized control of their match when Spieth made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-three eighth, and the Texan made one other key birdie on the twelfth. They had been three up with 4 holes remaining.

What appeared to be the decisive match of the foursomes session was Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman, who overcame an early deficit and have been 1 up with 5 holes remaining towards Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker. The International workforce had control of the opposite match. Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott lost just one gap and had been 4 up with seven holes remaining towards Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner.

[+] EnlargePhil Mickelson and Keegan BradleyBrian Spurlock/USA AT PRESENT Sports activitiesPhil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley were plenty glad after securing some extent for the U.S. workforce on Friday.

Saturday is the busiest day for the Presidents Cup, with five fourballs matches early and five foursomes matches late. It concludes with 12 singles matches Sunday, though the forecast isn’t any higher, especially for Sunday.

One thing was becoming clear by way of the relentless look of clouds – the course Jack Nicklaus built has been groomed for birdies.

Nicklaus stood at the back of the press heart peering at the scoreboard, and he couldn’t consider the scores he saw from each side. “They are saying this golf course is tough,” Nicklaus mentioned, though he knows better. The greens are among the most pure on the PGA Tour, and they’re comfortable because of the rain. In match play, with 24 of the very best players from every continent except Europe, Muirfield Village does not stand much of a chance.

“They aren’t defending the course like they might do on a Sunday of the Memorial,” Els stated. “So they’re establishing the course where you can make some birdies in case you play correctly.”

It was an enormous change from two years in the past at fast, fiery and frightening Royal Melbourne. In eighty holes on Friday, there have been 51 birdies and two eagles. That is good for the fourballs format – not often for alternate shot.

“People need to see birdies,” Mickelson said. “We do not need to be taking part in protection. We want to be playing offense. And if you try this, you are winning holes due to nice photographs, not because of other’s mistakes. And I believe that’s exactly the way it needs to be in these staff events.”

Mickelson and Bradley, coming off their first loss in 4 matches as a staff, fell behind early and wanted a pair of huge putts from Bradley to keep from falling additional behind. It took a 15-foot eagle putt by Mickelson just to square the match on the par-5 fifth. However there was no stopping them from there. They adopted with three straight birdies and gained three straight holes on the again nine with pars.

Mickelson tried to hole out a pitch simply wanting the thirteenth inexperienced – an up-and-down was all he needed – and it hit the opening and spun 4 feet away. Bradley missed the par putt, bungled the 14th for an additional bogey and they halved the fifteenth with birdies.

Even so, they made six birdies and an eagle in 15 holes of alternate shot.

“I just suppose that when Phil and I get rolling in this alternate shot, we complement one another so nicely,” Bradley mentioned. “I think that we each really enjoy type of exhibiting off in entrance of one another.”

De Jonge and Els opened with two fast birdies via three holes and never gave Mahan and Haas a lot of an opportunity. They did not lose a single gap.

“Brendon performed awesome,” Els said. “He played nice yesterday. Actually, he even performed higher at this time.”

The Zimbabwean, in his first Presidents Cup, stated Els contributed in his own means.

“Do not let Ernie give me all of the credit,” de Jonge said. “He is by far probably the most calming affect I’ve ever been on the golf course with. It’s nice to play with a Hall of Famer who hits it in the course of the golf green and middle of the inexperienced. He makes it very straightforward.”

The conclusion of the second session might be pivotal for captain Nick Worth and his International crew, which has misplaced the last seven foursomes sessions on this occasion.



2014 Masters odds are out, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy lead the field

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson — Getty Images We’re 240 days till the start of the 2014 Masters (the countdown to Augusta is right right here), but that does not mean preliminary odds aren’t out for the primary major of next yr.

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Tiger Woods, who hasn’t won a serious in over five years, leads the percentages at 5-to-1, with Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy coming in at 12-to-1 and Adam Scott is 15-to-1.

PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner is 30-to-1 to win.

Check out the remainder of the percentages after the leap, and tell us which number you suppose has value.

APRIL 10-13, 2014

BILL HAAS eighty/1
JIM FURYK eighty/1
MARTIN KAYMER a hundred/1
BO VAN PELT one hundred/1
BILLY HORSCHEL a hundred/1
K.J. CHOI a hundred/1
ERNIE ELS one hundred twenty five/1
HARRIS ENGLISH one hundred twenty five/1
PETER HANSON a hundred twenty five/1
MARTIN LAIRD one hundred twenty five/1
PAUL CASEY a hundred twenty five/1
FRED COUPLES one hundred twenty five/1
ROBERT GARRIGUS a hundred twenty five/1
MATTEO MANASSERO a hundred and fifty/1
FRANCESCO MOLINARI one hundred fifty/1
SCOTT PIERCY a hundred and fifty/1
RUSSELL HENLEY a hundred and fifty/1
BRANDEN GRACE one hundred fifty/1
RICHARD STERNE one hundred fifty/1
BOO WEEKLEY a hundred and fifty/1
GEOFF OGILVY a hundred and fifty/1
JOHN HUH 200/1
Y.E. YANG 250/1
KEN DUKE 300/1
TOM WATSON a thousand/1
DISCIPLINE (all others) 10/1


Tiger Woods paired with Davis Love III and Keegan Bradley for first two rounds of PGA Championship

Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley — Getty Images Whereas the Bridgestone Invitational nonetheless has 36 holes to go, loads of the focus within the golf world is on the ultimate major of the yr.

The PGA Championship kicks off next week, and the PGA of America has already launched the tee instances for all the gamers for the primary two rounds. Tiger Woods will be paired with two former winners of this occasion, Keegan Bradley and Davis Love III, while the three major winners of 2013, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson, will go off collectively at Oak Hill.

The rest of the tee occasions are after the jump, however give us what threesome you’d most wish to comply with in the event you have been headed to the year’s final major.

Round 1 (No. 1), Spherical 2 (No. 10) [All instances Japanese]

7:10AM-12:20PM: Rob Labritz, John Senden, Shane Lowry

7:20AM-12:30PM: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Bob Gaus, Luke Guthrie

7:30AM-12:40PM: Marc Leishman, Josh Teater, Pablo Larrazabal

7:40AM-12:50PM: Tommy Gainey, Ryan Palmer, David Hearn

7:50AM-1:00PM: Michael Thompson, Marcel Siem, Bo Van Pelt

8:00AM-1:10PM: Shaun Micheel, Rich Beem, Mark Brooks

8:10AM-1:20PM: Richard Sterne, Scott Brown, David Lingmerth

8:20AM-1:30PM: Ben Curtis, Marcus Fraser, Peter Hanson

8:30AM-1:40PM: Stewart Cink, Paul Lawrie, Rafael Cabrera-Bello

8:40AM-1:50PM: Thorbjorn Olesen, Brian Gay, David Lynn

8:50AM-2:00PM: Stephen Gallacher, David McNabb, Branden Grace

9:00AM-2:10PM: Caine Fitzgerald, Kevin Streelman, Bernd Wiesberger

9:10AM-2:20PM: J.C. Anderson, (WGC-Bridgestone Invitational winner), Jaco Van Zyl


12:25PM-7:15AM: John Huh, Ryo Ishikawa, Danny Balin

12:35PM-7:25AM: Darren Clarke, Tom Watson, Paul McGinley

12:45PM-7:35AM: Kohki Idoki, Rod Perry, Nick Watney

12:55PM-7:45AM: Nicolas Colsaerts, Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker

1:05PM-7:55AM: Tim Clark, Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson

1:15PM-eight:05AM: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Webb Simpson, Angel Cabrera

1:25PM-eight:15AM: Rory McIlroy, Vijay Singh, Martin Kaymer

1:35PM-8:25AM: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Luke Donald, Jordan Spieth

1:45PM-eight:35AM: Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson

1:55PM-eight:45AM: Lucas Glover, Ian Poulter, Zach Johnson

2:05PM-eight:55AM: Kevin Chappell, Christopher Wood, Mike Small

2:15PM-9:05AM: Kevin Stadler, Chip Sullivan, Chris Stroud

2:25PM-9:15AM: Sonny Skinner, (Winner of the Reno-Tahoe Open), Richie Ramsay

Round 1 (No. 10), Spherical 2 (No. 1)

7:15AM-12:25PM: Charley Hoffman, Bob Sowards, Matt Every

7:25AM-12:35PM: Mark Sheftic, Robert Garrigus, Hiroyuki Fujita

7:35AM-12:45PM: Hunter Mahan, Paul Casey, Billy Horschel

7:45AM-12:55PM: Hideki Matsuyama, Steve Stricker, Jason Dufner

7:55AM-1:05PM: Sergio Garcia, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler

8:05AM-1:15PM: Graeme McDowell, Ernie Els, Bill Haas

8:15AM-1:25PM: David Toms, Padraig Harrington, Y.E. Yang

8:25AM-1:35PM: Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Charl Schwartzel

8:35AM-1:45PM: Davis Love III, Keegan Bradley, Tiger Woods

8:45AM-1:55PM: Peter Uihlein, Jim Furyk, Thomas Bjorn

8:55AM-2:05PM: Ok.J. Choi, Ryan Polzin, Jonas Blixt

9:05AM-2:15PM: Scott Stallings, Jason Kokrak, Jeff Sorenson

9:15AM-2:25PM: Scott Jamieson, Roberto Castro, Stuart Smith


12:20PM-7:10AM: Mark Brown, Scott Piercy, Brooks Koepka

12:30PM-7:20AM: Derek Ernst, Jeff Martin, Charles Howell III

12:40PM-7:30AM: Ken Duke, Matteo Manassero, Jimmy Walker

12:50PM-7:40AM: Danny Willett, Joost Luiten, Russell Henley

1:00PM-7:50AM: Freddie Jacobson, George Coetzee, Harris English

1:10PM-eight:00AM: Boo Weekley, Francesco Molinari, Thongchai Jaidee

1:20PM-8:10AM: Jamie Donaldson, Ryan Moore, Alex Noren

1:30PM-eight:20AM: Brett Rumford, Geoff Ogilvy, John Merrick

1:40PM-8:30AM: Sang-Moon Bae, Woody Austin, Martin Laird

1:50PM-eight:40AM: Carl Pettersson, D.A. Points, Mikko Ilonen

2:00PM-8:50AM: Graham DeLaet, Kirk Hanefeld, Kyle Stanley

2:10PM-9:00AM: David Muttitt, Charlie Beljan, Brendon De Jonge

2:20PM-9:10AM: Lee Rhind, Chris Kirk, Marc Warren


British Open odds updated after second round

Tiger Woods — Getty Images We are halfway through with the 2013 British Open and the Claret Jug is still very much up for grabs. Miguel Angel Jimenez leads at 3-under, with Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood sitting a shot back at Muirfield.

The winning odds have been updated, courtesy of Bovada, and we have some surprises (Jimenez at 14-to-1) and some numbers one would expect (Tiger at 5/2).

Check the odds after the jump and let us know which name you like the most to snag this Open Championship.

The Open Championship 2013 Outright Winner
Tiger Woods 5/2
Lee Westwood 6/1
Henrik Stenson 15/2
Dustin Johnson 11/1
Angel Cabrera 14/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 14/1
Phil Mickelson 14/1
Adam Scott 16/1
Zach Johnson 16/1
Martin Laird 20/1
Charl Schwartzel 25/1
Ian Poulter 33/1
Jason Day 33/1
Bubba Watson 40/1
Ryan Moore 40/1
Rafael Cabrera –Bello 40/1
Webb Simpson 40/1
Jordan Spieth 50/1
Francesco Molinari 66/1
Darren Clarke 75/1
Hunter Mahan 80/1
Branden Grace 150/1
Graeme McDowell 150/1
Jamie Donaldson 150/1
Brandt Snedeker 200/1
Ken Duke 200/1
Bernd Wiesberger 250/1


A dream season missing only a win for Spieth

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — At this time a year ago, Jordan Spieth was playing a couple of PGA Tour events for nothing more than experience and gearing up for a summer of amateur golf before returning to Texas for the start of his sophomore season.

Golf is a job now, and it’s even more fun.

The 19-year-old Texan describes this summer as ”free swinging,” and it’s not a bad place to be. He started the season in January with no guaranteed place to play, and he already is assured of a PGA Tour card when the new season starts in October.

Now he wants more – a PGA Tour win that would create bountiful opportunities – and the AT&T National would be a good place to start.

Spieth hit all 18 greens in regulation Friday, extended his streak without a bogey to 29 holes at tough Congressional and wound up with a 5-under 66 to share the 36-hole lead with Roberto Castro going into the weekend.

Not everyone has completed 36 holes just yet. Thunderstorms late in the afternoon halted the second round, and the other half of the field was to return Saturday morning to complete the round. Spieth and Castro (69) were at 7-under 135. Andres Romero of Argentina was at 5-under with five holes remaining. No one else was within four shots of the leaders when play was stopped.

Asked what it would mean to win, Spieth said it would be ”huge,” until showing some maturity.

”I can’t really think about that at this point,” he said. ”It’s only halfway through the tournament. So there’s a long way to go.”

It already feels like a long journey this year.

For a teenager who started the season with no tour to call his own, this is his 14th tournament on the PGA Tour – five more than Tiger Woods – and he already has earned more than $900,000, which is the equivalent of being No. 39 on the tour money list.

But he won’t be eligible for the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs unless he’s a PGA Tour member, and he can’t be a member this year unless he wins.

”Honestly, I think it’s a great position to be in,” Spieth said. ”I’m just free swinging. I can’t be in the playoffs unless I win, and that makes winning the No. 1 goal. You’d like to get in the playoffs and play against the top players, the best players from this year. It’s everyone’s goal out here to win the FedEx Cup. My goal is to move up the world rankings as much as I can, and that’s the way to do it, is to get into those playoffs.”

D.H. Lee had a 66 and was two shots behind at 5-under 139. Cameron Tringale (67) and James Driscoll (69) were another shot behind, while the group at 3-under 139 included former British Open champion Stewart Cink (69), Gary Woodland (69) and David Lingmerth, who went from around the cut line to contention with a 65.

Spieth has lived up to the hype he first generated when he played late on Sunday in the Byron Nelson Championship at age 16 and tied for 16th. In one year at Texas, the Longhorns won the NCAA title. And in six months as a pro, he has shown quickly that he belongs.

He already has four top 10s and has special temporary membership, meaning he gets unlimited exemptions. His goal was to somehow get a PGA Tour card for 2013-14 season, and a win would be over the top.

Even so, the teenager who was born just three years before Woods turned pro is savvy to realize the tournament is not even halfway over.

”Now all there’s left to do is try and get a win to make the playoffs,” he said. ”So I’m just going out there trying to win and being aggressive, and hopefully, it will work out for me.”

Scoring was slightly better at Congressional, a course that has hosted the U.S. Open three times. Warmer weather in the morning made the ball fly a little farther and shortened the longest PGA Tour course on the mainland.

Spieth began his day with a 25-foot birdie putt on the first hole, avoided a long three-putt from above the hole on No. 4 by making a 12-foot par putt and then picked up four birdies over the final five holes on the front nine for a 31. He made nine pars on the back nine, never coming close to a bogey.

It was a clean round, executed well by a teenager who plays like he knows where he is going.

”I’m excited for what the weekend is going to bring,” he said.

Castro tied the course record on the TPC Sawgrass in May with a 63 to lead the opening round of The Players Championship, and then he followed with a 78 and never seriously challenged the rest of the week. After opening with a 66 at Congressional, he dropped a shot early from a fairway bunker on No. 3 and was plodding along until finishing the back nine with a pair of birdies, and then adding a birdie on the par-5 16th.

”I felt good,” he said. ”I probably learned a lot there (at Sawgrass) and realized that one round doesn’t mean anything – just got to keep going. And I was able to do that.”

Woods, the defending champion, is not playing because of an elbow injury, and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose withdrew earlier in the week because of fatigue. Some of the other big names most likely won’t be around for the weekend, such as Hunter Mahan, who had a 72 and was at 5-over 147. Masters champion Adam Scott traded birdies and bogeys in his round of 71 that left him nine shots behind.

Brandt Snedeker had to salvage a scrappy round with two late birdies for a 71, leaving him five shots behind.