Jordan Spieth jogs along at the top of the Hero World Challenge tournament, in what was a rain delayed second round, and he has yet to complete the round tomorrow morning.
The rain delay, which eventually caused the suspension of round two, did not bother Jordan, he got to -5 under par for the day, with a hole still to complete, with a tournament total of -11 under par.
He said he was glad he did not hit that last shot;
“It was a good idea to hit that pitch tomorrow.”
Play was initially halted at 2.54 pm, and restarted at 4.20 pm. The delay caused most damage to Henrik Stenson who before the stoppage was on cruise control, he go it to -11 under par. After the break he made bogey on two holes and struggled all the way to the end, finishing in second place at -9 under par.
Patrick Reed and Justin Rose had the best two rounds of the day, a 63 for Patrick and 64 for Justin, they are tied in third place on -8 under par.
Patrick was playing alongside Tiger, a new experience for him in tournament play. It worked well for him, a -9 under par 63 set a new course record;
“I was thinking in the 50’s after 10, for sure.”
“I never played with Tiger before besides in a practice round at the British. It was good to finally be able to play with him, especially in competition.”
“Back when everyone was really struggling when they were playing with Tiger, that was when he was also just absolutely dominating the game.”
“I feel like now, because of how mentally strong he was, and us growing up watching that, and how he played, I feel like a lot of young guys now have the same mentality. Don’t really care who they’re playing with.”
Henrik was not too disappointed at his position;
“You’re not winning anything on a Friday, we’re still at the races.”
“Thinking about Santa Claus gets me energized, I guess, I think every player can have stretches where you feel like you’re playing better.”
“I guess in previous years I’ve done pretty well late in the year.”
These guys played their last few holes in the dark, and it cost them, Graeme McDowell was running to the last tee, to get his ball into play before the horn went. The tee shot found the bunker, and it ended up costing him a shot.
Tiger had a better round today, a -2 under par 70, but that still left him at the foot of the 18 man leaderboard, he unfortunately is still chunking chip shots;
“It really didn’t feel that much different than yesterday, I hit probably two less worse shots than I did yesterday, but I struck the ball solid yesterday and I did again today.”
“That’s also part of going through the swing changes, chip shot is a smaller version so this is a different pattern than I have been using and it’s showing up. It’s not quite ready yet. Just going to take more time, more practice.”
“I think that I would like to shoot two really low rounds this weekend and get a W out of here, but if that’s not the case, then that’s not the case.”
It is strange how the mass media elevate anything about Tiger to the top story, even on the PGA TOUR website the headline is Jordan leads, but they show a picture of Tiger with a story about how he is playing. Someone on the internet posted this about the TV coverage: Jordan is -8 through 10 holes, and you show a highlight of Tiger. Pitiful.