While the anniversary of his first PGA Tour win didn’t get off to the start that many people expected, Jordan Spieth didn’t let that stop him, and his second-round rally allowed him to stay in contention at the John Deere Classic heading into a big weekend.
This entire year has been pressure-packed for Spieth, who has lived up to ridiculous expectations at nearly every opportunity. Considering what must have been going through his mind all week leading up to this tournament, it’s not surprising that he wasn’t dominant on Thursday as he would have liked. Then, literally overnight, any of the doubts that might have crept into his head were dismissed.
A short memory, the golfer’s best friend.
At some points on Friday, it looked like Spieth had a magical round going, as he birdied his first two holes, then four more in a row to go to seven-under-par through 11. Even one of his few consistent drawbacks – accuracy – wasn’t an issue, as he hit 12-of-14 fairways and 14-of-18 greens in regulation. The only thing left to think is what might have been had Spieth put together something even close to this to open the tournament.
Spieth climbed 64 spots up the leaderboard, from 81st to a tie for 16th. Although he’s still looking up at Zach Johnson, who shares the lead with a surprising William McGirt, he now has a bit of momentum and feels confident he can channel some of the play that allowed him to mount a similar run a year ago.
“I’m just happy to be back in the position I want to be in, the same position as last year,” Spieth said after the round. “I’ll be comfortable this weekend here at a place that I’m very familiar with. Hopefully I can make a run.”
Moving Day is shaping up to be a major shootout at TPC Deere Run, and if Spieth continues what he started on Friday, then we might be headed towards a 2013 replay, and that would be wildly entertaining.