SPIETH SHOOTS SECOND CONSECUTIVE 66 AT SEDGEFIELD COUNTRY CLUB
McConnell alone in second at 5-under-par
GREENSBORO, N.C. â€” Jordan Spieth of Dallas, shot his second 4-under-par 66 in as many days and leads the field at the FootJoy Invitational through two rounds of play. While Ian McConnell of Riverdale, Fla., who played in Spieth's group, shot a 1-under-par 69 to stand alone in second place.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the FootJoy Invitational is a 72-hole stroke play event being held at Sedgefield Country Club. The 99-player field features golfers from 25 states and 10 foreign countries. The field includes 28 players who have already signed National Letters of Intent to play in college as well as 25 Rolex Junior All-Americans. Home of the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship, the par-70 course is being played at 7,118 yards. Past champions of this event include Brian Harman, Daniel Woltman, Andrew Yun, Peter Uihlein and Cameron Peck.
Once again, Spieth had no problem picking apart Sedgefield's front nine, as he carded four birdies en route to a 4-under-par 31. He now is 7-under-par for the tournament on the front nine.
After finishing the front nine, his round quickly took a turn for the worse. Spieth missed fairways and Sedgefield punished him for it. Nos. 10, 11 and 13 resulted in bogeys and just like that, he was only 1-under-par for the day.
â€śThat was the problem, I put myself in bad positions,â€ť Spieth said. â€śAnd I didn't make any putts, which didn't help.â€ť
After finding a par on No. 14, Spieth returned to his front-nine form. On the par-5 15th, he was on the green in two and two-putted for birdie. Then, on the par-3 16th, he made his eight-foot putt after his tee shot landed pin high. On No. 18, he made a good read, and watched as his 12-foot putt rolled right to left from above the hole and then disappear for his third birdie in four holes.
His impressive back-nine comeback restored his belief and confidence in his swing. Still, he knows there is a lot of golf to be played.
â€śI feel confident, but I also know that there are many great players right behind me, ready to attack the course and if they make the pin positions just a little easier tomorrow, then there's going to be some guys going low,â€ť Spieth said. â€śI'm really excited to be in the lead, but at the same time, I need to stay focused and play my own game and reach my own goals.â€ť
McConnell was tied with Spieth through 33 holes before closing out his second round with a bogey on No. 17. He'll begin the third round at 5-under-par 135.
Just one back of McConnell's mark, at 4-under-par 136, are Jim Liu of Smithtown, N.Y., Richard Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., and Tom Lovelady Birmingham, Ala.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.
The largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries.
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AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
Third-round tee times for the FootJoy Invitational will run from 7 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at Sedgefield Country Club. For more information, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (336) 299-0744.