CROMWELL - For the first time in five rounds at the Travelers Championship, things did not go Jordan Spieth’s way.
After turning in a 7-under 63 on Thursday to share the lead after the first round, Spieth attempted to add to his score heading into the weekend. He instead went the other in the other direction Friday after shooting a 3-over 73 to place him in a tie for 25th 4-under.
“I actually felt like I had better control of my golf swing than I did yesterday,” Spieth said. “I really struggled with my swing yesterday and I kind of got some good breaks. Didn’t feel as good as it looked yesterday, and today it felt better than it looked. It’s just golf. It’s kind of like yesterday I got three or four shots extra out of the round, and today, I lost three or four based on how I felt.”
Undone by a triple bogey on the par-5 13th hole, Spieth struggled from the start. He was 5-over through his first 14 holes with an eagle on 6, his second on the hole in as many days, salvaging his round to put him six strokes behind leader Brian Harman (-10).
On 13, his fourth hole of the morning, Spieth hit his tee shot out of bounds with his next approach finding the water. It’s the same hole that caused the three-time major winner multiple issues in his debut at the tournament last year.
“For whatever reason,  a large fairway, but it’s just always killed me,” Spieth said. “I hit one out of bounds last year. I hit one in the water last year. I don’t know what it is about the hole, but that hole, I get on the tee and for whatever reason I struggle. I lined up a little right of where I wanted today to play the fade, and I didn’t adjust my alignment, and I just kind of overcorrected.”
Yet Spieth also admitted that he’s been used to have one of his round go awry this season, something which has also affected the number of tournaments he’s been able to win or at least compete in.
He has already missed four cuts this year, including his last two at the Memorial Tournament and U.S. Open, and his still looking for his first win of 2018.
“I’ve had a lot of bad holes early in my rounds for some reason,” Spieth said. “It shouldn’t change the game plan at all. In fact, it should even more so push what my plan was already, which was to let the golf course come and play center of greens.”
Spieth certainly has some work to do over the weekend in order to defend his title. But as always, the world’s fifth-ranked golfer likes his chances.
“I have what looks like an opportunity this weekend to only be maybe five or six back and potentially make noise,” Spieth said.