Spieth surges into contention

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Masters champion Jordan Spieth wowed his home fans in Texas with a 64 in the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson.

The 21-year-old ended the second day of the weather-disrupted PGA Tour event at TPC Four Seasons within striking distance, three shots off the lead held by Jimmy Walker, Steven Bowditch and Jon Curran.

After 15 holes of his second round it looked like Spieth was set for only a decent return, but three consecutive birdies at the close made everyone sit up and take notice.

He eventually posted a 64 – what amounted to a five-under-par round after the heavy rains turned one of the signature par 4s into a pitch-and-putt par 3 at 105 yards on Friday.

Spieth has come very close to winning in his home state with second-place finishes in San Antonio, Houston and Fort Worth. Maybe this weekend he can go one better in Irving.

“At least I got it to where I have a chance to make some noise,” said the Dallas native.

“Going to need a round like today the next two days, I think, in order to be able to win, but got myself into contention. We’ll see what happens.”

Of his grandstand finish, Spieth added: “To close with three birdies is fantastic. That always leaves a good taste in your mouth going into the weekend, especially when it got me back into contention.”

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