Tiger Woods got most of the Saturday morning attention with his 65 at The Players.
There was another great round besides his.
Jordan Spieth’s long-lost putting magic returned, at least for a day and the results were amazing.
“I think I made every putt from inside 10-15 feet,” Spieth said after a day that saw him make nine birdies and shoot his own 65 at the Stadium Course.
“I got my confidence rolling into the back nine,” Spieth said after he went out and shot two-under on the front. “Let’s shoot four or five under,” Spieth thought to himself after that front nine.
He’d do a lot better than that.
He had two big runs at 11, 12 and 13 then finished in style with birdies at 16, 17 and 18. His only bogey came at 14 when he drew a bad lie in a fairway bunker. His second left him 70 yards short of the green and he couldn’t get it up and down.
“I let the putter take care of the work,” said Spieth, whose putting has won three majors for him. “I’ve got myself with an outside chance to make a run tomorrow and that’s pretty cool.”
Spieth said better strategy helped him. “I’m starting to play with more patience. You have to play to spots out here.”
Spieth got himself to eight-under with that 65, tied there with Tiger Woods.