Why Jordan Spieth believes his back-to-back 65s are just a start

Jordan Spieth hits a shot on the 18th hole at Colonial Country Club.

Jordan Spieth hits a shot on the 18th hole at Colonial Country Club on Friday.

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In late March, a couple of weeks after the PGA Tour went on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee said he could fix Jordan Spieth in two seconds. In May, Hall of Famer Gary Player said he needed an hour to do the job. Spieth won three times on the PGA Tour in 2017, including the Open Championship, and has won nothing since. 

Spieth has fixed himself apparently. Thanks for the offers.

Spieth followed up a 5-under 65 on Thursday with another on Friday at Colonial Country Club. Fourteen total birdies. He’s one shot back of leader Harold Varner entering the weekend at the Charles Schwab Challenge

He knows, too, that he’s still a player under repair. Two rounds don’t tell much. Four rounds win a tournament. 

“To me it’s about feels,” Spieth said after Friday’s round. “So I know how the club feels when I’m starting to really gain control of it. There’s certain shots that I really haven’t been able to hit when I was off that when I hit them in competition, whether it’s just a cut 3-iron off the tee or it’s even a high draw wedge that stays right – for me, I’m looking for the feels, and I was giving myself grace on the outcome, and as long as I stay focused on doing that this weekend, that keeps me progressing forward.

“It’s just trying to feel like I’m even in more control of my swing than I was the day before, and sometimes that translates to lower scores and sometimes it doesn’t, but ultimately it’ll make me much more consistent as I start to get the club into the places I want to get to and it feels like it should.”

Spieth’s second nine on Friday felt good, bad and good. 

Starting on the back nine, he birdied 11, 14, 15 and 18. He tacked on birdies at 1 and 2. 

Then came the par-4 3rd. 

A drive down the fairway. Approach to 29 feet. One putt to about 3 feet away. Then another three all within that yard of the cup. He finished with a double bogey, which was followed by a bogey on the 4th.

Then came birdies on 5 and 6. 

Harold Varner hits his tee shot on the 11th hole.
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“I did a really good job of staying very neutral, where I’d been kind of getting really negative or down on myself for a little while in the past,” Spieth said. “Now, I felt that I gave myself some grace to say, ‘Look, I haven’t really been practicing a ton of those kind of short-range putts over the – those are ones where you just have a ton of them when you’re playing in competition, but you’re picking them up a lot of times when you’re playing regular rounds of golf at home.

“That’s really all it was.”

Saturday, Spieth, a former Colonial champ and a Texas native, will be in the final pairing. 

Spieth has fixed himself apparently. Thanks for the offers.
  
“I don’t know what the lead is going to be at the end of the day, but I’m happy with where I’m sitting and looking forward to the battle with some of the greatest players in the game for the next two days,” Spieth said.

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Nick Piastowski

Golf.com Editor