Spieth advances to weekend action at PGA TOUR Valero Texas Open
April 21, 2012
SAN ANTONIO -- Texas freshman Jordan Spieth made his third career PGA TOUR cut at the Valero Texas Open on Saturday morning and is tied for 40th place entering weekend action. Spieth (75-70=145, +1) fired a 2-under-par 70 in the second round after completing the final four holes of his second round Saturday morning when play was suspended due to darkness Friday evening.
Spieth was among 28 players that returned to TPC San Antonio – AT&T Oaks Course Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. to complete their second round before the official cut was made at +4.
“I’m excited. I know the scores have been higher on this course and that four or three-under is top-10,” Spieth said. “Now that the first two rounds are over, my focus changes from the cutline to the leaderboard.”
The Valero Texas Open marks Spieth’s fifth PGA tournament appearance, as the two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champion and top-ranked collegiate individual previously played in the 2012 Northern Trust Open, 2010 FedEx St. Jude Classic and 2011 and 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championships.
Spieth was a contender for first place when entering the final round tied for eighth at the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship. After a 7-over-par final round, he finished tied for 32nd place. At the same event in 2010, Spieth finished tied for 16th. He missed the cut in his two other appearances in a PGA TOUR field.
Putting made the biggest difference in Spieth’s second round. The Dallas-native needed 33 putts in Thursday’s first round compared to 25 in his second.
“I’ve been hitting the ball great. My shots have all been on line and I’ve hit my driver well, so the difference was definitely making a few more putts,” Spieth said.
Spieth’s third round tee time is set for 9:45 a.m. on the 10th tee and his playing partners include Texas Ex Harrison Frazar and Briny Baird.