PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth both lowered their expectations at The Players Championship, for different reasons.
Kaymer was coming off a record-tying round on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, becoming only the fourth player to shoot 63 and the first with a 29 on either nine. He has been around long enough to realize that it's hard to follow such a low round with another one.
"Everybody else thinks you keep going like this and subconsciously, you think you should," Kaymer said after his 3-under 69 on Friday to take the 36-hole lead. "Fortunately, I shot a few of those rounds in the past that I know that the next day is very difficult. If want to compare myself to yesterday, I think I was six shots worse on the first nine than yesterday. So that would be the wrong way to think.
"You know it's a new day and new things will happen."
He likes what is happening at the moment. The former world No. 1 and major champion is winless over the last two years. Every good shot, every good round, every time he sees his name on the leaderboard, his confidence only grows.
Spieth saw Kaymer's name on the leaderboard at 12-under 132 when the 20-year-old Texan was still on the practice range in a warm wind. He figured that Kaymer couldn't be caught Friday afternoon, so he aimed for being in range by the end of the second round.
"I didn't think that was going to be possible in the afternoon to catch that, especially warming up when the wind started picking up," Spieth said. "Still thought that 3 under was going to be a great score for me. Even par is still a good score. So we got out there and it was playing a little easier than it seemed, and they just kept going for me."
He had the low score of the second round at 66. He hasn't made a bogey in 36 holes, even more impressive considering this is his first time at The Players.
Then again, that's the way golf seems to be going for Spieth at the moment.
He already has been in the hunt going into the weekend at Kapalua and Torrey Pines, at Riviera and most recently at the Masters, where he tied for second.
Spieth is young. This doesn't get old. Asked he if was getting bored being in contention so much, he smiled and said, "No, because I haven't won one."
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