Call me crazy, but I think this Jordan Spieth fella is gonna make it.
Spieth followed up a strong Friday showing at the John Deere Classic by posting a career-low 61 on Saturday. The round was highlighted by not one, but TWO flagstick tractor beams. The first arrived with so much tenacity that it damaged the hole:
All which spurred a scorecard featuring two eagles, six birdies and 10 pars for a 10-under 61. Saturday's round put him at 17-under for the tournament, giving him a two-shot lead heading into Sunday play.
Damnedest thing is, following an opening-round 71 that placed him in 101st, critics wondered if getting cut would ultimately be the right move for Spieth, rather than sticking around Silvis, Illinois for the weekend. After winning the Masters and the U.S. Open, the 21-year-old has a shot at history. Competing in a second-tier tournament six time zones removed from the Old Course doesn't seem - to some, at least - conducive to that endeavor.
However, Spieth's gamble appears to have paid off, as he'll take aim at St. Andrews with his best professional round in his back pocket.
And as he showed on Saturday, Spieth doesn't have a problem hitting his intended target.