Spieth cashes in on good fortune

21 August 2021 20:33:55 GMTPlus11
Jordan Spieth has roared into contention at The Northern Trust.

Jordan Spieth was happy to admit that luck had played a significant part in his big second-round move at the Northern Trust.

The Texan is 4001.00 to win the tournament - the first in the three-event FedEx Cup Playoff series - with 36-hole leader Jon Rahm 4001.00 to continue his fine run of form.

It was just one of those days where you probably won't get away with that throughout the weekend.

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A first-round 72 left Spieth with work to do, but back-to-back eagles - a hole-out from the fairway on five and a chip-in from off the green on six - catapulted the three-time Major winner into contention on Friday at New Jersey's Liberty National Golf Club.

He would card five more birdies to reach 8-under, still four shots behind Rahm, who followed a first-round 63 with a Friday 67 to reach 12-under par.

Tony Finau, searching for a first win since 2016, fired a second-round 64 to get within one of Rahm while Justin Thomas, who was tied for the lead after round one, is two back after recovering from a slow start on Friday.

Thomas is joined on that score by Olympic champion Xander Schauffele and Keith Mitchell.

Spieth: Things went my way

"It was one of those days where just like everything was going my way," Spieth told reporters after his round.

"I felt like I played those two holes in even or one-under-par and I walked away four-under for those two holes. That shot me up the leaderboard and took the stress of the cutline off and you start looking ahead.

"I didn't play normal golf. It was just one of those days where you probably won't get away with that throughout the weekend.

"But just chipped the ball unbelievably well and then it led to at least some short par putts and then took advantage when they were for birdie."

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