Jordan Spieth Fires 2nd-Round 69, Moves to 1-Under at 2019 US Open

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJune 14, 2019

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 14: Jordan Spieth of the United States plays a shot from the 14th tee during the second round of the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 14, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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Jordan Spieth played an eventful 18 holes that featured seven birdies and five bogeys en route to a two-under 69 in the second round of the 2019 U.S. Open on Friday at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.

Spieth, who is at one under overall, is now six shots back of tournament leader Justin Rose heading into Saturday.

On the plus side, Spieth caught fire with the putter in Round 2, opening with a 13'4" strike for birdie on the No. 10 hole:

U.S. Open (USGA) @usopengolf

Good start for Jordan Spieth! #USOpen https://t.co/xB1cWUmKTp

After a birdie on the 11th and a par on the 12th, Spieth gained another stroke on the 13th, this time from 21 feet away:

U.S. Open (USGA) @usopengolf

Jordan Spieth's current status = 🔥 He sinks this one from the fringe for his third 🐦 in four holes! #USOpen https://t.co/QINsJbL0Uk

The three-time major winner finished with five birdies on his opening nine against two bogeys, putting him at three under on the day and at two under for the tournament.

Spieth's final nine was not as kind. In particular, the second hole featured a stroke of bad luck when he hit a hidden rake on his second shot out of a bunker:   

Will Gray @WillGrayGC

Spieth comes out of a bunker on 2 and hits it off a rake that he didn't know was sitting on the lip. Michaelllll

His putter came to the rescue again, as a 7'10" putt helped Spieth save bogey.

Per Alex Myers of Golf Digest, Spieth said the following regarding the rake incident:

Alex Myers @AlexMyers3

Jordan Spieth says he got a "tough break" with his shot hitting that rake on No. 2, but admits he doesn't know where his ball would have wound up. "You don't see that every day." That much we can all agree on. #USOpen #RakeGate

No Laying Up thought the rake was a red herring but gave Spieth due credit for the impressive bogey save:

No Laying Up @NoLayingUp

I’m not saying that ball didn’t hit the rake. It very well may have. But that ball was not getting out from that grass regardless of the rake. Hell of a bogey from Spieth.

A drive into the rough led to a bogey on No. 5, and an approach to the rough on the ninth did the same. Spieth did sprinkle in two birdies to finish his round safely above the cut line after rising 33 spots on the leaderboard.

Spieth's iron game must improve this weekend: He lost 1.52 strokes gained on approaches in the second round alone.

However, Spieth was second in strokes gained: putting Friday. If the irons bounce back and the hot putter continues throughout the tournament, he has a chance to make a weekend run.