Jordan Spieth, playing with nothing to lose, gave himself another chance to win entering the weekend at the AT&T National in Bethesda, Md.
Spieth hit every green in regulation Friday and extended his streak to 29 holes without a bogey on a tough Congressional course, giving him a 5-under-par 66 and a share of the lead with Roberto Castro (69) before storms halted the second round.
They were at 7-under 135, with the round to be completed Saturday morning.
Players went back out to the practice range after a two-hour delay, but more storms approached and the suspension was extended until the PGA Tour called it for the day.
Spieth, a 19-year-old Texan who started the season with no status, now has earned more than $900,000 — the equivalent of being No. 39 on the PGA Tour money list — and is assured of a tour card when the new season starts in October. But he won’t be eligible for the FedExCup playoffs unless he’s a PGA Tour member, and he can’t be a member this year unless he wins.
“Honestly, I think it’s a great position to be in,” said Spieth, whose caddie is Michael Greller of Tacoma. “I’m just free swinging. I can’t be in the playoffs unless I win, and that makes winning the No. 1 goal.”
COUPLES’ CHARGE HALTED
Seattle native Fred Couples roared through his first 11 holes in the second round of the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh, ripping off seven birdies at Fox Chapel to take the lead at 11 under.
Then the weather managed to do what the course could not, stopping the Hall of Famer with a downpour that suspended play for the day.
The stoppage came just after Couples hit his tee shot on the par-3 third. The sky cleared in about an hour, but with more storms looming, officials decided to send players home.
MCILROY MISSES CUT
Peter Uihlein and Robert Rock shared the lead after the second round of the Irish Open in Maynooth, Ireland, while Rory McIlroy missed the cut in his final event before the British Open.
Uihlein shot a 4-under 68 to move to 9-under 135 with Rock, who posted a 6-under 66 at the Carton House course near Dublin.
McIlroy shot a 72 to remain at 2 over, missing the cut by two shots. Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke also didn’t make it to the weekend in a dismal showing by the Irish and Northern Irish contingent.
Michael Putnam, a graduate of Tacoma’s Life Christian Academy, slipped into a tie for 14th after his 1-over 73 in the second round of the United Leasing Championship in Newburgh, Ind. The Web.com Tour money leader was at 3-under 141 for the tournament, four strokes out of the lead.