Charles Schwab Challenge 2021: Jordan Spieth Takes 1-Shot Lead After Round 2

Blake SchusterContributor IMay 29, 2021

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - MAY 28: Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club on May 28, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Dallas native Jordan Spieth continued making himself right at home during second-round action at the Charles Schwab Challenge in nearby Fort Worth, Texas, finishing his second atop the leaderboard for the second consecutive day. 

Spieth shot a 66 to move to 11-under par and one stroke ahead of Jason Kokrak, who set the pace on Friday with a round of 65. 

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.@JordanSpieth has the solo-lead after a birdie on No. 14. 🔥 @CSChallengeFW pic.twitter.com/QMFtkaud67

Colonial Country Club has typically brought out the best in Spieth. Friday was no different. In his eight previous PGA events at the course, the 27-year-old has six top-ten finishes, two second-place finishes and one victory—the 2016 Dean & Deluca Invitational. 

Two rounds into this season's turn at Colonial, Spieth is on track to pick up his second victory at the annual event as well as his second victory on tour in 2021. 

Here's a look at the players chasing the Texan into the weekend. 

Charles Schwab Challenge Second Round Leaderboard

1. Jordan Spieth (-11)

2. Jason Kokrak (-10)

T3. Sebastian Munoz (-8)

T3. Sergio Garcia (-8)

T3. Patton Kizzire (-8)

T6. Maverick McNealy (-7)

T6. Charley Hoffman (-7)

T6. Adam Hadwin (-7)

9. Kramer Hickok (-6)

T10. Brian Harman (-5)

T10. Robert Streb (-5)

T10. Collin Morikawa (-5)

T10. Kevin Streelman (-5)

T10. Erik Compton (-5)

Notables: T15. Tony Finau (-4), T15. Justin Rose (-4), T29. Justin Thomas (-2), T43. Gardy Woodland (-1), Missed Cut. Phil Mickelson (+2).

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Good morning, @TonyFinauGolf! 💥 pic.twitter.com/yMX77jSL29


Easy eagle for @Collin_Morikawa. 😮<br><br>He's feeling it at 5-under thru 10 today. pic.twitter.com/q7RRGdvvxS


7-under 63 with two 30-footers?<br><br>Have a day, Maverick McNealy! 👏 pic.twitter.com/2ye1RQ99hW


Despite a nearly two-and-a-half hour rain delay interrupting the start of his round, Spieth was locked in on Friday as he attempts a wire-to-wire victory. Not only did Spieth sink at least four birdies for the second consecutive day, he's now made it through 36 holes at Colonial without a bogey. 


"Looks like he's going to try to play a hook, which is tough out of this lie."<br><br>Nobody told @JordanSpieth.

That was the type of blemish-free round last week's PGA Championship-winner, Phil Mickelson, could've used.

Instead, the lefty missed the cut by one stroke after he bogeyed the par-four No. 18.

Mickelson put himself in a rough spot after Thursday's opening round of 73 and would have to quickly fix his mistakes in order to make it to the weekend. For awhile on Friday it appeared he was on track to do just that. 


Back-to-back birdies for @PhilMickelson.<br><br>He's currently 1 shot outside the projected cut line @CSChallengeFW. pic.twitter.com/DKuqHARIIB

After an opening bogey on No. 1, the 50-year-old strung together three birdies in four holes before the turn. Another birdie on No. 15 put him safely inside the cut line before he ran out of steam. 

Mickelson bogeyed the par-three No. 16 to drop right onto the cut line before a closing bogey on No. 18 ended his tournament early. 

Now the attention turns to Kokrak and Spieth in Round 3 as the two attempt to stay ahead of the field on moving day. If Kokrak plays anything like he did on Friday, that shouldn't be much of an issue. 


Looking for win No. 2⃣ this season.@JayKokrak currently leads by 2⃣ @CSChallengeFW. pic.twitter.com/QbDcFJnzx4

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Jason Kokrak cards second-consecutive 65 and holds the @CSChallengeFW clubhouse lead at 10-under. <br><br>The 130 total through two rounds marks Kokrak's lowest 36-hole since 2018The Greenbrier (129), where he finished T3.

The 36-year-old Canadian had one bogey on six birdies with some impressive work in the short game. Kokrak hit 77.8 percent of his greens in regulation, but gained 1.6 strokes putting.

A strong game off the tee on Saturday could boost his odds significantly, but Kokrak has proven he can make those shots up on the back end. 

As Kokrak prepares to tee off with Spieth for the third round of play, a second tour victory this season remains in sight for both players.