Jordan Spieth had a very long day Friday at St. Andrews but didn’t even get through 14 holes.
Originally scheduled to tee off at 2:34 local time, Spieth’s tee time was delayed until 5:48 because of heavy rains Friday morning. By the time he finally teed off, the course had begun to dry out from the morning rain and the wind was strong. He just narrowly missed a window of prime scoring conditions: sunlight, soft ground and calm winds.
Yet Spieth held his own in the elements Friday evening, completing 13 holes at even par. Saturday morning he’ll have an opportunity for a two-putt birdie on the par-5 14th. He’s currently five shots behind Dustin Johnson, who was three-under through 13 holes Friday and currently one stroke ahead of Danny Willett.
Spieth’s chances at the third leg of the calendar Grand Slam are alive and well. But while he was stuck at level par for the day Friday, playing partners Johnson (-3) and Hideki Matsuyama (-6) put on a show in tough conditions. Despite the wind and rain, it seemed like Spieth was one of few players Friday evening not making many birdies. The difference from Thursday to Friday? Spieth needed only 28 putts during Thursday's 5-under 67. On Friday, he took 25 putts through 13 holes.
It’s way too early to count the 21-year-old out, but statistics aren’t on his side. Of the last seven major championship winners, each held at least a share of the lead after 36-holes. But when it comes to completing a feat that's never been accomplished—like the Grand Slam—statistics are NEVER on your side.