Spi­eth siz­zles with 66 but Simp­son leads in Texas

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WASHINGTON—World num­ber two Jor­dan Spi­eth fired a fou­run­der-par 66 Fri­day to stand sec­ond in the club­house at the stormhit US PGA Dean and Deluca In­vi­ta­tional.

The reign­ing US Open cham­pion, who defends that ti­tle next month at Oak­mont, waited out bad weather that de­layed the start of the sec­ond round at Colo­nial for 5 1/2 hours.

“Re­ally made the most of the round,” said Spi­eth, a back-nine starter who birdied four of the first five holes af­ter mak­ing the turn.”All in all, it was a fan­tas­tic (sec­ond) nine that we played.”

Amer­i­can Webb Simp­son fired a 67 to cling to the club­house lead at 8-un­der 132 with Spi­eth one shot adrift.

“It’s only halfway done,” Simp­son said. “I’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Dark­ness halted play with 61 of 121 play­ers still on the course and need­ing to fin­ish their sec­ond rounds Satur­day morn­ing. Amer­i­can Bryce Molder birdied five of the first eight holes but a dou­ble-bo­gey at the 12th hole left him on nine-un­der, only one ahead of Simp­son with four holes to fin­ish.Pa­trick Reed was level with Spi­eth at 7-un­der through eight holes, mov­ing up with birdies at the first and fifth, while In­dia’s Anir­ban Lahiri was on 6un­der af­ter 11 holes.

Spi­eth has been try­ing to work his game into shape since a back-nine Sun­day melt­down last month cost him a Mas­ters ti­tle and he missed the cut ear­lier this month at the Play­ers Cham­pi­onship.—AFP

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