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