Spi­eth on ea­gle roll

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

REIGN­ING Mas­ters and US Open cham­pion Jor­dan Spi­eth has ea­gled twice in shoot­ing a jaw­drop­ping 10- un­der- par 61 to seize the lead in his tune- up event for this week’s Bri­tish Open.

The 21- year- old Amer­i­can fired six birdies in his low­est ca­reer US PGA round to stand on 17un­der 196 af­ter 54 holes at the John Deere Clas­sic in Illi­nois, the event he won two years ago to earn his spot on tour.

“I’ve just been try­ing to roll with the mo­men­tum,” Spi­eth said. “It’s just in­cred­i­ble. I could never have imag­ined two years ago sit­ting here.” Spi­eth, seek­ing his fourth vic­tory of the year, will try next week to be­come the first player since Ben Ho­gan in 1953 to win the first three ma­jors in a sea­son. He was only the sixth to win the US Open and Mas­ters in the same year.

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