Pronged assault: Spieth drills rake, shoots wild 69

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth’s wild experience at Pebble Seashore continued within the second spherical of the 119th U.S. Open on Friday.

A day after TV microphones captured him chirping at his caddie, Michael Greller, a couple of yardage miscalculation, Spieth had seven birdies and 5 bogeys for a 2-under 69. That moved him to 1-under after 36 holes, six photographs behind chief Justin Rose after the primary wave Friday.

Spieth, a four-time main champion whose final PGA Tour win got here on the Open in 2017, additionally had probably the most weird moments of the second spherical when his ball hit a rake sitting atop a fairway bunker on his second shot on No. 2.

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Tall grass hid the rake from Spieth, and he apparently did not discover it till his ball deflected off it and landed four ft away within the tough.

“Oh, it hit the rake. Oh, there is a rake there,” Spieth stated after hitting the shot, which was low and barely cleared the highest lip of the bunker.

“Sure, there is a rake there,” Greller replied.

“Oh, it acquired over the lip, but it surely hit the rake,” Spieth stated.

Spieth needed to punch his third shot out of the tall grass, after which he was capable of hit his fourth on the inexperienced and made an Eight-footer for bogey.

Jordan Spieth reacts in disbelief after his shot out of the bunker on No. 2 cleared the lip however hit a rake. Ross Kinnaird / Getty Photographs

After the spherical, Spieth stated he did not see the rake and would have moved it if he had. He did not say whether or not it was Greller’s duty.

“The ball was above my ft in nearly a little bit downslope, and I used to be making an attempt to hit a 6-iron 200 yards,” Spieth stated. “So, within the first place, it was a very, actually powerful shot. However I had a clear lie. Thought I might clear the lip. And after I hit it, all I heard was just like the rake. And I suppose it slammed into the rake and got here again and form of buried down into the tall grass.

“So if it did not hit the rake, I do not know if it had sufficient to get anyplace close to the inexperienced or if it could have been manner brief or what, however actually it could have been in a greater place than it went to.”

There is no such thing as a particular USGA rule in regards to the placement of rakes, however golf’s governing physique does advocate they be positioned the place they are going to least possible have an effect on play.

“That is on me,” Spieth stated. “I simply acquired to have a look at all choices forward of me. And if there’s rakes in entrance of the bunker, usually we pull them out. However after I was in it, I could not see it. So it was form of a bizarre set of occasions.

“Truthfully, the one upsetting half was the place the ball went after that, as a result of it is on me to hit the rake. Typically it’d hit the rake and pop up and be on the green, proper? Nevertheless it ended up in a reasonably dangerous spot. I used to be — I did effectively to a make a 5 for certain.”

 

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