JERSEY CITY, NJ — Jordan Spieth still did things like Jordan Spieth did and even he knew it.
The 28-year-old Texan had two hits and hit back-to-back eagles for the first time in his PGA Tour career. This added to a record 9 under 62 at Liberty National Golf Club in the Northern Trust second round.
“I think I was probably plus-8 shots up: luck,” Spieth said of a made-up statistical category that needs to be created. “It was one of those days where everything was going my way.”
Spieth’s round started off inauspiciously with an early bogey that had him worried about the cut line before the fun started to happen. After a birdie at No. 3, Spieth tore up a 327-yard drive that left him just 81 yards to a front hole slot located in a bowl. Then he grooved a wedge of overturned sand that hit beyond the hole and flipped into the hole for an eagle.
“Um, hello…maybe…yeah,” CBS’ Dottie Pepper said.
Spieth celebrated with a clenched fist and collected his divot.
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A hole later, at the par-5 of 528 yards, Spieth drove it so far right that he was in the seventh fairway with a perfect lie and a direct line to the green to rip the fairway wood for his second blow. His ball barely cleared the water, bounced close to the water and came to rest on the red paint of the penalty area. With his right foot on a stone wall, Spieth bit a low chip that took off 85 feet, landed in the middle of the green, jumped once, chased and crashed into the stick, falling into the hole. for a miraculous eagle. It was more than worthy of caddy Michael Greller’s knuckles.
“I felt like I played those two holes even or 1 under and I came away with 4 under par for those two holes,” Spieth said. “It took me up the rankings quickly and took the stress out of the cup line and you start looking ahead.”
It was the second time in his career that Spieth had completed multiple eagles in one run (round three, 2015 John Deere Classic) and the first time in 743 career rounds on the circuit that he had completed consecutive eagles. (Carlos Ortiz at the Sony Open and Tyrrell Hatton at the Palmetto Championship are the others to do so this season.)
“I didn’t play normal golf today,” said Spieth, who putt just 21 times and putt for only 55 feet. “It was just one of those days where you probably won’t make it through the weekend. But I just hit the ball incredibly well and then that led to at least a few short putts and then took advantage when they were for a birdie.
When asked to explain why he was able to play so often – it was his 124th hole since 2013, according to 21 Club’s Justin Ray – he gave an interesting response: “Especially around the green, I see the whole shot rather than worrying too much about the mechanics. Instead I see the landing spot and how it will react around the hole.
Spieth had his fifth career round of 62 or less, one shy of his season-best 61 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
“When things start going well, you run off, don’t you,” he said. “You get momentum and the ball finds the cut and when it’s not going well it looks like it’s bouncing the wrong way. I feel like I’m on the right side of some momentum right now and I just have to keep it going.
Tee shot ➡️ another fairway
Approach ➡️ near water
Chip ➡️ eagle hole
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