Spieth planning to “fire at stuff” with “nothing to lose”
CHARLOTTE, N.C.» Jordan Spieth all but conceded that his pursuit of the career Grand Slam will have to wait until next year.
So he is approaching the final two rounds of the 99th PGA Championship like he has nothing to lose.
Spieth shot a 2-over-par 73 on Friday and moved to 3-over for the tournament but slipped 11 strokes behind the coleaders when the second round was suspended because of darkness with two dozen players still on the course.
“I kind of accept the fact that I’m essentially out of this tournament, pending some form of crazy stuff the next couple of days,” Spieth said. “But I’m sure going to give it a try.”
Closer to the projected cut line of 5over than to co-leaders Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama, Spieth joked that it would take a round of “probably 54” to get back in it before adding that he just wants to score “as low as I can go.”
Three weeks after a late surge helped him win the British Open and claim the third leg of the career Grand Slam, the 24-year-old Texan was trying to become the youngest player to have won all four major championships.
After ending the first round five strokes off the lead, Spieth acknowledged that he needed to close the gap during Round 2 to give himself a chance. Instead, it more than doubled.
A day after Spieth didn’t make a putt longer than 5 feet on the new, fast greens at Quail Hollow, he made only two from 10 feet or longer — a 10-footer for par on No. 7 and a 12-footer on the 12th for his only birdie of Friday’s round.
“Things were in just such tough locations that it was hard to get the ball to feed to the hole,” Spieth said. “So it’s a tough track where they’re putting these flagsticks. It makes it tough to score. Just really didn’t get many looks today, so with one birdie, it’s going to be hard to post a solid round.”
With the tricky greens softer and slower after a 1-hour, 45-minute rain delay, Spieth missed birdie putts of 10 to 40 feet on three consecutive holes, Nos. 15-17.
One of the main subplots this weekend at Quail Hollow was supposed to be Spieth’s chase to become only the sixth player with a career Grand Slam.
Unless he comes up with a colossal rally, Tiger Woods will remain the youngest player to complete the career Grand Slam when he polished off the 2000 British Open.
“On to the weekend, to try to fire at stuff,” Spieth said. “Nothing to lose.”