Give Jordan Spieth credit, he made a fierce rally late Friday but it came up a shot short.
Spieth started the second round of the Sony Open behind the eight-ball. His opening 73 dictated that he’d need a low score on Friday.
He birdied three of the final four holes at Waialae starting at the 15th. At the par three 17th, he hit a nice shot that settled just outside 10 feet. He’d miss and that proved to be the one that made the difference. A closing birdie at the par five 18th gave him 66 but his one-under total wasn’t good enough to stick around for the weekend with the cut coming at two-under.
Spieth was upbeat after his round.
“It’s easy on the driving range leading in sometimes, and I felt like I made a lot of progress between the two days for sure. On the greens, around the greens, and with the full swing, and really if my 3-iron and driver were where they should be it’s a different story. For not playing well at all and being on the bad end of the draw, to miss the cut by one is reassuring. I also love the way we fought back there at the end. That was fun. I felt like I was trying to win a golf tournament just to make the cut, which is not really something I want to get used to, but early in the season when I started the day 17 shots back, it was something where I could actually feel some pressure and make adjustments, too,” Spieth said.
“I’ve missed cuts before and gone on and won my next event; I’ve finished runner-up my next event. It’s not like an all-tell. I knew coming in that the game was off and needed to kind of start to fine tune. So I’m in a good space given what happened.”