SCOTTSDALE, Arizona: A day after saying he needed to be patient about results, Jordan Spieth shot a 10-under 61 on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) for a share of the lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He then repeated himself.
“What I’m looking forward to is just staying the course, trusting it,” Spieth said. “I have no expectations on the results tomorrow. I really don’t.”
Winless since the 2017 British Open, Spieth was tied with Xander Schauffele at 18-under 196.
The 27-year-old Texan is trying recapture the form that carried him to 11 PGA Tour victories — three of them majors — in his first five seasons on the tour.
He raised the volume on the back nine at mostly empty TPC Scottsdale, drawing the biggest roar of the week from the limited crowd on the par-3 16th when he curled in a 36-footer for birdie and the outright lead.
Instead of the usual Saturday crowd that has topped 200,000 in recent years, attendance is capped at 5,000 a day — the most for a tour event during the coronavirus pandemic.
He followed with a 30-footer for birdie on 17 after driving well left on the short par 4.
He made four birdies on the front nine for a share of the lead, then had an unexpected birdie on the par-4 10th when he chipped in from 70 feet.
Spieth hit inside a foot from 170 yards for birdie on the par-4 11th, then just missed eagling the two back-nine par 5s. On 13, he couldn’t get a 5 1/2-foot eagle putt to fall after a 208-yard second shot from the desert hardpan. On the water-guarded 15th, he left a 24-foot eagle putt inches short.