32 under par? Spieth's on pace at Kapalua
January 08, 2016
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Jordan Spieth leads the field in birdies and has yet to record a bogey through 36 holes at the Plantation Course. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- A few observations following Friday’s second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where Jordan Spieth shot 9-under 64 to take a four-stroke lead over Kevin Kisner, Fabian Gomez and Patrick Reed heading into the weekend at the Plantation Course. For more on all the action, click here to read the Daily Wrap-up.
1. Record within reach. When Ernie Els won this event in 2003, he finished at a record 31 under. Through the first 36 holes of this year’s edition, Spieth is more than halfway there after rounds of 66-64.
Does he think he can break the record?
“Well, sure -- 16 (under) through two, I guess we're capable of doing 32, right? Carry the one, yeah, that's right,” Spieth said. “I don't know what the forecast calls for. If it's similar, then I guess it's possible. But that's asking a lot.”
By the way, when Els set the mark, he was 17 under through his first two days after rounds of 64-65.
Jordan Spieth doesn't miss a beat and eagles fly
2. Horse for the course. In six career rounds on the Plantation Course, Spieth has been in first or second after every one of them (he was runner-up in 2014).
Why so much success?
He’s comfortable on Bermuda grass and at the venue -- Spieth arrived a week early and played six practice rounds before the tournament even began.
He has also taken advantage of his scoring chances, making seven birdies and an eagle on the eight par 5s. Spieth is also without a bogey through 36 holes.
“Did I see 16 under?” he said. “Maybe not to start the season, no.
“But I'm putting myself in great positions on the easier holes. Par-5s I'm playing extremely well. And the short par-4s, playing extremely well.”
QUOTE OF THE DAYI don't know. I don't even -- Jordan is world No. 1 and obviously playing great again, so obviously to go out there and attack him, see what happens.
SHOT OF THE DAY
Shot of the Day
Jordan Spieth’s eagle hole out is the Shot of the Day
3. Kisner gets it rolling. Kevin Kisner is playing for the first time since he won the RSM Classic in late November and said he felt a little rusty.
He hasn’t looked it. Kisner is 12 under after an 8-under 65 Friday that featured six birdies, an eagle and no bogeys.
His biggest key to success in the second round? Putting. He made 125 feet of putts, including five from outside 10 feet.
Kisner finished with 26 putts in all, including 10 one-putts.
4. Scoreboard watching. We’re only halfway through the tournament, but Rickie Fowler found himself scoreboard watching on Friday. So did Jordan Spieth.
On a nearly windless Plantation Course, it makes sense. With conditions ideal for scoring, they took note of where players were scoring.
“It gives you a gauge,” said Fowler, who shot 67 and is six off the lead. “But at the same time, it's just trying to get something going today. Didn't really have a lot. I let a couple slip on the back. But, no, I like knowing where the guys are at.”
ODDS AND ENDS
Spieth is 2-for-5 when holding at least a share of the 36-hole lead. The two he won? Last year's U.S. Open and Masters. …
Fabian Gomez shot a bogey-free, 7-under 66 Friday. He has also hit all 36 greens in regulation. …
The only two players in the field without a bogey so far: Spieth and Patrick Reed.
CALL OF THE DAY
Mark Carnevale calls Jordan Spieth's closing birdie on No. 18 in the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Free play-by-play coverage of the third round streams from 3-8 p.m. ET Saturday on PGATOUR.COM.
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Grinding post round, much better today. Bogey free but putter needs to heat up a little. pic.twitter.com/AdFlw8ISRG— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) January 9, 2016
Goodnight from Kapalua. pic.twitter.com/mFWSh6mB4J— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 9, 2016