Jordan Spieth at Tournament of Champions 2017: Friday Score and Reaction


Jordan Spieth appeared out of sync during first-round play at the 2017 Tournament of Champions on Thursday, but the defending champion shook off the cobwebs and flashed a more complete game during a largely fruitful second-round showing in Kapalua, Hawaii, on Friday.  

After he entered Round 2 at one under par overall, Spieth climbed up the leaderboard with a four-under 69 and is now five under through 36 holes: 

At the conclusion of his round, Spieth sat four shots off the lead with Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas and Jimmy Walker setting the pace, via 

Although he struggled with consistency on Thursday, he looked more comfortable in all phases through the first seven holes on Friday. The 23-year-old carded two birdies to move to three under overall, and for a moment, it seemed as though he would escape the front nine without a blemish on his scorecard.

However, a double-bogey on the par-three eighth briefly—emphasis on briefly—dampened his hopes of making the turn without a dropped shot. 

That error could have conceivably sent Spieth …

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