Spieth keeps his cool to overcome hiccup at Colonial

Spieth keeps his cool to overcome hiccup at Colonial

Spieth keeps his cool to overcome hiccup at Colonial

Holding the overnight lead with Justin Rose, Varner hit a wild opening drive at the tenth on his way to a triple-bogey seven and was still over-par for his round until holing a 30-footer at the fourth.

Instead of giving into frustration, the 26-year-old kept his poise to birdie the next two holes to finish one stroke behind leader Harold Varner III at 10-under par through two rounds.

"I've just got to get sharper with kind of my in-between numbers, the stuff that when you're used to just kind of hitting balls on the range and not playing tournament golf and you're not really practising them as much, so that will be what I work on this next week".

No fans were in attendance as the PGA Tour season resumed, having been suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After a bogey at 18, Varner closed with a flourish that started with a 31-foot birdie putt at the par-three fourth.

"When you have spectators and things, you get on a roll, and most of the time you feed off of that", said Branden Grace, whose third consecutive 66 left him one shot behind.

"I knew coming in I didn't have all the tools, didn't have all my weapons yet".

Spieth passed a big test, with another to come as he tries to end almost three years without a victory.

Jordan Spieth was far from ideal in the third round at Colonial on Saturday but the three-times major champion said it was a measure of his recent progress that he was still in the hunt for his first title in three years. Once I got it back to even par I just wanted to given myself looks.

"I feel comfortable that I can shoot a good score", Spieth said.

Harold Varner III shook off a triple bogey to take a 1-shot lead over a red-hot Jordan Spieth in the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge on Friday at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Three putts from 50 feet away gave him a triple bogey to start his second round after ending in a first-place tie with Justin Rose on Thursday.

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, flips his putter after missing a birdie putt on the 15th green during the third round of the Charles Schwab Challenge golf tournament at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, June 13, 2020. 5 and 6 to sit in a second-place tie with Bryson DeChambeau, who played bogey-free for his 65.

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