Professional golf is back. The PGA Tour officially returned to action this week at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth. After two rounds of play, Jordan Spieth has positioned himself near the top of the leaderboard entering this weekend. The Dallas native is starting to play like himself again back in his home state.
For the second straight day, Spieth carded a 65, good for 10-under par. He had eight birdies and hit 13 of 14 fairways today. Depending on how this afternoon’s group finishes, Spieth should be playing in one of the final groups on Saturday. He’s currently only one shot behind the leader Harold Varner III.
At one point, Spieth built a multiple shot lead over the rest of the field at -11. But that all came to halt on his 12th hole of the day, when he turned a 30-foot birdie putt into a four-putt double bogey, which dropped him to -9.
Spieth remains one of us.
A three-month break away from competition could serve as the mental reset that he needed to get back on track. Prior to this week’s tournament, Spieth ranked No. 110 in the FedExCup season standings. He has never finished below the top-50 (No. 44 — 2019) in his first seven seasons as a pro.
Statistically, the 2020 season (before the pandemic) has been one to forget for Spieth. He ranks No. 227 in driving accuracy, No. 221 in greens hit during regulation, and No. 156 in scoring average. A major slump that carried over from 2019 dropped him all way down to No. 56 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
It’s a breathe of fresh air seeing live sports back on television and a Longhorn great like Jordan Spieth competing at a high level. You can watch along this weekend on CBS. Coverage starts at 2:00 p.m. CT.
Spieth opened at 45-1 odds to win this week’s tournament.