PGA TourMay 20, 2016

AT&T Byron Nelson: Spieth trails Crane by 1

Jordan Spieth was not particularly happy with his swing on Friday, notwithstanding his shooting a five-under par 65 in the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to finish one off Ben Crane’s lead.

“I’m putting myself in good positions off the tee,” he said, while bemoaning loose swings with his approach shots. “With the size of these greens my misses are still holding the greens. But I’ve had so many 40 footers out here that I’ve managed to get in in two putts. I started to feel a bit better about it in the last few holes. I felt I put better swings at the end of the round. It had been loose before that.”

Spieth opened with a 64 and Thursday, which together with Friday’s score is the best consecutive rounds he has had since shooting identical scores in the second and third rounds of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in early January.

He made six birdies and a single bogey at the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas, Texas, and finished 36 holes at 11-under par 129, tying him with first-round leader Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka and Bud Cauley for second.

Crane birdied his last hole for a 63 and one stroke lead.

A Dallas native, Spieth is looking forward to contending on the weekend at Byron Nelson, something that has eluded him as a professional.

“It’ll be fantastic,” he said. “I’m excited thinking about it right now. But all in all this week has felt different than Byron Nelsons in the past. It feels more like a normal week. I don’t know why. It feels just like another tournament, one that I need to come back from how I played last week, and to get back into rhythm leading into another major championship. I’m off to a good start here, making some putts, which is really nice to see.”

He came into this tournament have broken 70 only once in nine previous rounds, that being a 66 to open the Masters.


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