Resurgent Spieth relishing Pebble Beach challenge

13 February 2021 19:41:33 GMTPlus10

Jordan Spieth is relishing the challenges ahead after taking the half-way lead at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am as he looks to end his near four-year title drought.

The three-time Major winner has not collected any silverware since his Open Championship success in 2017, but showed signs of his better form when finishing tied-fourth at last week's Waste Management Phoenix Open, going into the final day in a share of the lead.

That performance helped stop him dropping out of the top 100 in the world rankings and he appears to be in a similar mood as he sits on top of the leaderboard after a second-round 67 took him to 12-under-par, one shot clear of compatriot Daniel Berger.

Spieth is delighted to be in contention once again, firing four of his six birdies coming in at Spyglass Hill to make up for his sole bogey on the first, his tenth, but appears content with the knowledge his game is back on the up.

"I like where things are at," Spieth said. "A little bit improved off last week, which was the goal this week, to just try and feel like I'm getting better each day."

The 27-year-old is perhaps sensing that he holds a stronger position than it appears with the weather set to change over the course of the weekend, and he is relishing the challenge that it will bring.

"With the forecast coming the next two days, it doesn't look like it's going to be that easy to get to 12 under for the next two rounds," Spieth added.

"Pebble's going to be mean Pebble, it looks like, and we look forward to that. I look forward to that challenge."

Sweden's Henrik Norlander is in sole possession of third at -10, while English duo Paul Casey and Tom Lewis are alongside American Patrick Cantlay in a share of fourth one shot further back.

Spieth is 501.00 to win the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, while Berger is 1.01 and Casey is 4001.00.

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