Spieth, Johnson, Fowler tied for Northern Trust lead

Open Champion Jordan Spieth is tied for the lead with three other players after shooting a five-under par 65 on the back of a strong putting display at the Northern Trust Open on Friday.

Spieth drained five consecutive birdies starting at the tenth hole at Glen Oaks Club to finish day at six under, level with former US Open champion Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Colombia’s Jhonattan Vegas.

Vegas shot a bogey-free round of 65, while Johnson was left to rue two wayward tee shots on the fourth and fifth that led to back-to-back bogeys in his round of 69.

Fowler made three birdies in his final six holes for a 66 to grab a share of the lead going into the weekend.

A strong field in the first of the PGA Tour's four FedEx Cup play-off events, saw Matt Kuchar (64), and Bubba Watson (68) lie a shot further back on five under, while Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Russell Henley were tied for seventh place on four under.

Rory McIlroy finished at one over par after shooting a 68 to follow up his first-round 73.