Jan
24
2014
Tiger struggles, Spieth shines
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Spieth takes charge
Playing with defending champion Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth took his fellow competitor to school at Torrey Pines in the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open. While Woods, who shot an even-par 72 a day earlier, failed to take advantage of any scoring opportunities and posted a mediocre one-under on the North Course (the easier one), Spieth did the opposite, cashing in on just about all of his. 

The 20-year-old phenom fired a nine-under 63 for a 10-under total to take a two-shot clubhouse lead (and it looks like he’ll go to sleep with it, too).

“I changed a little bit, put my weight more on my front foot today, noticed that was kind of causing a tendency to push it on the short putts for me; I was more stable over the ball,” he told Golf Channel in a post-round interview.

“The South Course is a different animal than that North Course. So I just want to play exactly like I played it yesterday. If I’m putting a little better on that course, I can still shoot 3 or 4 under and that’s a great score. It’s a U.S. Open-type venue, so I’ve got to keep the ball in the fairway.”

What was it like playing with Tiger the first two rounds?

“He’s easy to play with, talks to us; same with Jimmy (Walker), they’re both very easy, fun guys to play with,” Spieth said, who hit 17 of 18 greens on Friday. “We all played with some good speed, kept the tempo up. I just played my game, wasn’t looking at the scoreboard… really didn’t know where I was at until No. 9.”

Woods, who three-putted his last hole, declined an interview with Golf Channel. He’s currently T50.

Nicolas Colsaerts and Stewart Cink trail Spieth by two with an eight-under 36-hole total.