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The Tour Report

August 16 2013

3:27 PM

Time with instructor helps Spieth

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Jordan Spieth knew it wasn't too far off. But major championships like the PGA can magnify even the smallest flaw and that's what happened at Oak Hill last week as the 20-year-old shot a pair of 74s to miss the cut.

So Spieth headed straight home to Texas to see his instructor, Cameron McCormick, and judging by the results through 36 holes of the Wyndham Championship, they worked on all the right things.

Spieth, who won his first PGA TOUR event last month, will start the third round at Sedgefield two shots out of the lead held by Patrick Reed. Spieth shot a 66 on Friday and is alone in second at 9 under.

His mindset is a lot better than when he left Rochester, too.

"Just five yards here or there at the PGA means you miss a fairway and you make bogey," Spieth said. "So, it's just about getting my confidence back off the tee. I think that's been the key to success this week so far is in my 3-wood. I've never hit it better than I have this week. Same with my driver.
"Kind of hitting it on the line right now and it feels good to be that confident on a course that's this narrow.  When you do hit the fairway, I'm able to take more club and I'm able to hit wedges into the greens and how firm the greens are if you're coming in from the fairway makes a big difference."

Spieth, who came to Greensboro ranked 16th in the FedExCup, hit all but one fairway during the second round and 16 of 18 greens in regulation. He could have done without those two three-putt bogeys but it was a good lesson to not be too aggressive on Sedgefield's speedy greens.

And four birdies in his final six holes "gets me pumped up for tomorrow," said Spieth, who played AJGA events at Sedgefield when he was 14 and 15 years old, tying for sixth and fourth, respectively.

"Getting myself to 9-under par, it's definitely a very, very big confidence booster," Spieth said. "Nice bounce back from being 8 over two rounds last week. It's nice to see those go in. Definitely looking forward to the Playoffs."