The Commercial Appeal
Spieth, Castro tied at 7 under for lead
BETHESDA, Md. — Jordan Spieth hit every green in regulation Friday and extended his streak to 29 holes without a bogey on a tough Congressional course, giving him a 5-under 66 and a share of the lead with Roberto Castro (69) before storms stopped the second round at the AT&T National.
They were at 7-under 135, with storms soaking the course; the second round will be completed Saturday morning.
Spieth, 19, has earned more than $900,000 — the equivalent of being No. 39 on the PGA Tour money list — and is assured of a tour card when the new season starts in October.
But he won’t be eligible for the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs unless he’s a PGA Tour member, and he can’t be a member this year unless he wins.
“Honestly, I think it’s a great position to be in,” Spieth said. “I’m just freeswinging. I can’t be in the playoffs unless I win, and that makes winning the No. 1 goal. You’d like to get in the playoffs and play against the top players, the best players from this year. It’s everyone’s goal out here to win the FedEx Cup. My goal is to move up the world rankings as much as I can, and that’s the way to do it, is to get into those playoffs.”
D.H. Lee had a 66 and was two shots behind at 5-under 139. Cameron Tringale (67) and James Driscoll (69) were another shot behind. The group at 3-under 139 included former British Open champion Stewart Cink (69), Gary Woodland (69) and David Lingmerth, who went from around the cut line to contention with a 65.
Hunter Mahan had a 72 and was at 5-over 147. Masters champion Adam Scott traded birdies and bogeys in his round of 71 that left him nine shots behind. Brandt Snedeker had two late birdies for a 71, leaving him five shots behind.
Senior Players Championship at Pittsburgh: Fred Couples roared through his first 11 holes in the second round, ripping off seven birdies at waterlogged Fox Chapel to take the lead.
Then a sudden downpour suspended play for the day with most of the field still on the course.
The stoppage came just after Couples hit his tee shot on the par-3 third to reach 11 under for the tournament. The sky cleared in about an hour, but with fairways and bunkers soaked and more storms looming, officials called a halt.
Couples understood the decision but said he thinks he was in the middle of something special.
Couples will face a 60foot putt for birdie when he and the 65 other players whose rounds were interrupted return to the course at 8 a.m. Saturday.
“I was hitting the ball well,” Couples said. “But you can look at the bright side tomorrow and hope to get it going again.”
U.S. Women’s Open at Southampton, N.Y.: Topranked Inbee Park holds the lead after the second round was suspended by fog.
Park shot a 4-under 68 on Friday for a 9-under total to lead fellow South Korean I.K. Kim by two strokes. The horn sounded with Park’s group on the 18th fairway, and the players finished the hole. She sank a birdie putt from about 12 feet.
Park is seeking to win the year’s f irst three majors; no one has accomplished that feat in a season with at least four majors.
Irish Open at Maynooth: Peter Uihlein and Robert Rock shared the lead at 9-under 135 after the second round, while Rory McIlroy shot 72 and finished 2 over to miss the cut in his final tournament before the British Open.