Jordan Spieth misses 3 feet, then 2

Jordan Spieth Friday on the 6th hole at TPC San Antonio.

PGA Tour Live

His fans talk about riding a roller coaster, and that’s it.

A day after one of his worst putting rounds, Jordan Spieth dropped everything at TPC San Antonio. He birdied 21 feet on the 11th hole, his second hole, after starting Friday’s second round of the Texas Open on the back nine. He birdied from 33-for-13 feet. He birdied from 21-for-2 feet. The changes Spieth had made after making just 40 feet of putts on Thursday were taking hold.

“Yeah, I changed the feel of my shot a bit too,” he said on Friday. “It freed me up a bit. Somehow my setup is in a better position. I had a few bad putts yesterday and made some more today on a few holes, but it was definitely a lot better, and I think that will improve this weekend.

About those “bad” putts.

On the par-4 6th, Spieth missed by 3-foot-3. He then circled the cup and missed it a foot closer. Spieth couldn’t miss. So he couldn’t do it.

At the top. Then down. Dizzying? Yeah.

“Total lack of focus there for Spieth,” analyst Craig Perks said on PGA Tour Live. “You don’t see him very often.”

Especially what had just come from the holes earlier; he finished the day with 129 feet and 5 inches of putts made. That total, of course, includes the 16in he threw on 6 for a double bogey.

In Spieth’s defense, he had to wait a few minutes while playing partners Corey Conners and Charley Hoffman put on. And either a spike or a bullet mark bothered him before the putt. But both were the ones you would probably at least consider giving to a friend.

On the 3-foot miss, Spieth’s ball grazed the left edge. On the 2 feet, the ball came out of the same area. From there he tapped out, threw the ball to caddy Michael Greller and three holes then signed for a two under 70.

“Just a deceleration,” Perks said on the show. “The ball goes completely to the left. And he’s not just completely frustrated by the misfire, then the mind goes blank.

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