CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – It appears Jordan Spieth’s date with history will have to wait until at least next August, when the PGA Championship is played at Bellerive in St. Louis.
Spieth’s first crack at completing the career Grand Slam hasn’t officially ended but it will take something extraordinary – even by his oversized imagination – for him to win at Quail Hollow.
On a day when he needed to move forward Spieth stalled, and with it so did any realistic hope of his winning the Wanamaker Trophy this year.
Spieth shot a second round 2-over par 73 at Quail Hollow and found himself 11 strokes behind after 36 holes. Not exactly what he had in mind after the first round, when he said he couldn’t lose any more ground to the leaders going into the weekend. Five back after the first round, he went the wrong way Friday.
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One bit of good news: Spieth managed to finish just before play was suspended Friday evening, allowing him a few minutes more sleep Saturday morning. Still, his third round tee time will have him finishing about the time the leaders are teeing off.
Spieth hasn’t been sharp through the first two days. He hasn’t generated any positive momentum and at one point midway through the second round, Spieth was just one stroke clear of the presumed cut line.
He turned the par-5 10th hole, one of the better birdie opportunities on the course, into a game of golf hopscotch. Spieth hit his tee shot into the right trees, yanked his second into the left trees, hit a tree with his third, failed to get his fourth on the green and made an ugly bogey. Spieth made just one birdie in the second round.