Spi­eth four shots off the pace

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AUS­TRALIA’S Matt Jones stormed into a three­stroke lead with a 3-un­der-par 68 in the sec­ond round of the Aus­tralian Open yes­ter­day, as reign­ing cham­pion Jor­dan Spi­eth moved into a share of third de­spite an­other frus­trat­ing day.

The Amer­i­canWorld No 1 also carded a 68 to stand four shots off the pace set by Jones on 7-un­der and a stroke be­hind big-hit­ting lo­cal Todd Sinnott, who was sec­ond af­ter scor­ing a round of 70.

Al­though con­di­tions were markedly calmer than on Thurs­day, when tem­per­a­tures soared and gusts of wind swirled across the fair­ways at the Aus­tralian Golf Club in Sydney, good scores were still at a pre­mium.

Spi­eth could have really put his stamp on the tour­na­ment, there­fore, if he had built on the progress he made on the front nine, when he picked up birdies at the first, sec­ond and sev­enth holes.

An­other at the 14th sent him to 4-un­der but a poor chip and a short putt at the next hole saw him drop his first shot of the day, a swipe of the hand in the di­rec­tion of the of­fend­ing ball making clear his frus­tra­tion.

A sec­ond bo­gey at the 16th dropped him deep into the pack again and al­though he fin­ished with a birdie at the 18th, the 22-yearold was left on 3-un­der feel­ing that he had missed an op­por­tu­nity.

“The cross­winds again made it a guess­ing game out there to­day, leav­ing a 50-50 shot and we got less than 50 per­cent of them right,” Spi­eth said.

“It just made it so frus­trat­ing as I was strik­ing the ball well and it was a round I could have shot 6- or 7-un­der par, but I just didn't have any chances.

“So boy, it was a round that could have been (bet­ter) and that made it so frus­trat­ing as I found my­self fi­nally get­ting into a nice rhythm as I was hit­ting fair­ways and giv­ing my­self op­por­tu­ni­ties but I just couldn't quite gauge the wind.” – Reuters

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