No. 2 Spi­eth strug­gles, barely makes cut

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World No. 2 Jor­dan Spi­eth only needed a three-putt par at the clos­ing hole to se­cure a spot for the week­end at the Sony Open in Hawaii. He did one bet­ter with a tap-in birdie to shoot a 2-un­der 68 for a two-day to­tal of 3-un­der 137. The cut came at 2 un­der, with 76 golfers mak­ing it through.

Spi­eth said af­ter the round that he strug­gled on the greens Fri­day. He needed 33 putts, a far cry from the eight birdies he man­aged in the open­ing round. He had a quadru­ple-bo­gey 8 at the par-4 eighth on Thurs­day to kill his pos­i­tive buzz he built dur­ing the open­ing 18.

He hit it wide left again at No. 8 Fri­day land­ing in the trees once more. This time, how­ever, when he hit the tree, the ball bounced back in the fair­way, wh­pch led to a par. That hole owed him one.

Spi­eth said he had to play a lit­tle more con­ser­va­tive com­ing in to make sure he had a spot in the field to­day.

“We’ll be fir­ing at the pins over the week­end,” Spi­eth said. “We’re go­ing to be a lot more ag­gres­sive and go as low as we can. Maybe we can get to 16 un­der and see what hap­pens.”

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Jor­dan Spi­eth has strug­gled in the first and sec­ond rounds of the Sony Open and barely made the cut.

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