One shot at the CJ Cup showed Jordan Spieth is Jordan Spieth again

Jordan Spieth's shot to set up eagle at the par-5 sixth hole was the best shot of the 65 he took in the second round at the CJ Cup.

One shot at the CJ Cup showed Jordan Spieth is Jordan Spieth again

LAS VEGAS – Jordan Spieth stood in the middle of the fairway at the par-5 sixth hole in Friday’s second round of the CJ Cup at The Summit. He was 288 yards from the pin with the wind in his face, a small lake to the right of the green and nasty desert populated with loads of rocks to the left of the putting surface.

If he decided to go for the green in two and heeled it, the ball would wind up in the water. If he toed it, the ball would wind up in the desert.

Spieth pulled 3-wood from the bag.

Thwack.

“It was funny, after I hit the shot I walked over to Michael (Greller, his caddie) and I’m laughing at how I had no chance hitting that shot at this tournament last year if it we’re here,” Spieth said.

The ball never left the flagstick and wound up 14 feet away.

“So progress is made to step up and trust it into the wind,” Spieth said. “It was 280 yards into the breeze, you’re at altitude, but I needed to hit a striped 3‑wood. And it was a cool shot kind of for me personally because that’s one, especially with a 3‑wood into the wind, that I really struggled with.”

It was the best shot of the 65 he took in the second round. He made the 14-footer for eagle and added seven birdies to offset three bogeys. With rounds of 66-65. Spieth moved into a tie for second at 13 under through 36 holes, five shots behind pace-setter Keith Mitchell.

The 3-wood was the latest example of Spieth’s resurgence the past year. He had gone nearly four years since winning his 11th PGA Tour title and third major at the 2017 British Open. The former world No. 1 fell to 92nd in the world last January, his lowest rank since winning his first Tour title in 2013.

Spieth kept grinding and turned matters around last season with 11 top-10s in 19 starts, including his 12th PGA Tour title coming in the Valero Texas Open. He had seven top-4s, including runner-up finishes in the British Open and Charles Schwab Challenge and tied for third in the Masters.

Making his season debut in the CJ Cup, however, Spieth didn’t think this week set up well for him. The course was soft, the wind nearly non-existent, the greens barely putting up a challenge. In other words, it was going to be a birdie-fest. Spieth prefers more of a slugfest.

But Spieth is in contention.

“I like wind, I like knowing where the wind is,” he said. “I’d rather play in 15 to 20 (mph) out here than light and variable. It’s just harder for me to commit. I just grew up in wind almost every day.

“I told Michael coming in, I said I don’t think this is the best setup for me, especially since I really haven’t practiced much at all. Took a week off and then just played a couple rounds the next week. So I was kind of coming in here being like, all right, let’s play one this fall, and this happens to be the one. And now I feel good about the progress since I’ve been here this week and the course could be for me if I want it to be, I guess, on the weekend.”

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Adam Scott burns bright at end with four birdies, two eagles in seven holes, moves into contention at CJ Cup

Fortunes can turn quickly in Vegas. Sometimes to the good, more often to the bad. For Adam Scott, it was to the better.

Adam Scott burns bright at end with four birdies, two eagles in seven holes, moves into contention at CJ Cup

LAS VEGAS – Fortunes can turn quickly in Las Vegas.

Sometimes to the good, more often to the bad.

For Adam Scott, it was to the better.

The 2013 Masters champion was moseying around The Summit Club during Friday’s second round of the CJ Cup, heading to the 12th tee after consecutive bogeys and seeing he was 13 shots behind leader Keith Mitchell.

Then the man from Down Under started to go way under par.

Over his last seven holes, Scott made four birdies and two eagles to suddenly jump up the scoreboard into a tie for second place. Scott finished with a 9-under 63 to move to 13 under, five shots behind leader Keith Mitchell.

Scott was sterling as he made birdies from 2 feet on 12, 5 feet on 13, 4 feet on 15 and nine feet on 17. His eagle on the par-5 14th came from three feet, his eagle on the par-5 18th from five. His lone non-circle hole came on the par-3 16th where he got up-and-down from a greenside bunker for par.

Scott is trying to win his 15th PGA Tour title and first since the 2020 Genesis Invitational.

“You can’t expect a finish like that, but I’m going to take it,” Scott said. “I hit a lot of shots close and that made light work with the putter. Put myself in contention. I mean, I’m a long way back still, but 36 holes to go, I like where I’m at, moving in the right direction. I’d love to have a nice solid day tomorrow.

“Hopefully that wasn’t all the wind in my sail.”

Scott started sailing after making bogeys at 10 and 11 and falling well behind.

“Felt like I was playing in another tournament,” he said. “I needed to get something going.”

He got it going, indeed.

“I needed to just play aggressive and I went driver off the tee at 14, which is maybe unusual to say for a par‑5, but a lot of guys are not hitting driver. I just thought, well, if I want to have a chance at this tournament, I’ve got to probably hit one up there,” he said. “Hit an iron on the green close and make an eagle and that’s what I did. I hit a 6‑iron in and it rolled down to a couple of feet.

“Then on 18 I hit a poor drive actually, hung it out to the right in a bunker, but I had a good yardage and I had a good lie and I hit a 5‑iron, got it online and finished about five feet from the hole.

“I can handle those eagle putts.”

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