Jordan Spieth appeared out of sync during first-round play at the 2017 Tournament of Champions on Thursday, but the defending champion shook off the cobwebs and flashed a more complete game during a largely fruitful second-round showing in Kapalua, Hawaii, on Friday.
After he entered Round 2 at one under par overall, Spieth climbed up the leaderboard with a four-under 69 and is now five under through 36 holes:
At the conclusion of his round, Spieth sat four shots off the lead with Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas and Jimmy Walker setting the pace, via PGA.com:
Although he struggled with consistency on Thursday, he looked more comfortable in all phases through the first seven holes on Friday. The 23-year-old carded two birdies to move to three under overall, and for a moment, it seemed as though he would escape the front nine without a blemish on his scorecard.
However, a double-bogey on the par-three eighth briefly—emphasis on briefly—dampened his hopes of making the turn without a dropped shot.
That error could have conceivably sent Spieth …