Rookie sensation Spieth once again in PGA Tour contention

Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:38pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Rookie sensation Jordan Spieth was not at his best in Friday's second round at the Tour Championship but good scrambling and sharp putting kept him in the title hunt, and on track for a strong finish to the season.

The 20-year-old American carded a three-under-par 67 on the long and challenging East Lake Golf Club layout, two birdies in his last seven holes leaving him five strokes off the lead, alone in third place.

"I felt like I shot as low as I could have shot, which is kind of a rare case this year with me," Spieth told reporters after posting a five-under total of 135 in the PGA Tour's season finale where FedExCup playoff honors are also on the line.

"With my ball-striking, I've given myself a lot of opportunities in the past couple of months and my good tournaments were the tournaments where I felt comfortable putting.

"Today, the ball-striking was a little off, but I must have had probably 25 putts. It wasn't that many. I felt really good over the ball and I'm excited where I'm at."

Spieth trails Sweden's Henrik Stenson by five shots heading into the weekend with only Masters champion Adam Scott, at six-sunder, between them.

"Henrik's obviously tearing it up, so we have some work to do," Spieth said of the Swede, who holds a four-stroke advantage over Australian Scott.

"But if I can go for the greens (in regulation), kind of get that feeling down tomorrow and strike it a little better, it could be a low round."   Continued...

Jordan Spieth of the U.S. watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the British Open golf Championship at Muirfield in Scotland July 19, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF) - RTX11RMR