Colonial notes: Jordan Spieth bounces back after one-stroke penalty

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Dallas resident and PGA Tour rookie Jordan Spieth could have been even closer to the leaders after Friday’s round, if not for a one-stroke penalty.

“Right as I put my putter down, the ball kind of fell down into the cleat mark,” Spieth said of a putt on No. 6.

That’s a rule violation and incurs a one-stroke penalty if gravity causes a ball to move. There’s no penalty if an “outside agency or wind” causes a ball to move.

“In Jordan’s particular case, unfortunately for him, gravity was the cause of that ball moving after address,” PGA Tour rules official Stephen Cox said. “And sadly he was required to replace that ball under penalty of one stroke.”

Not that the 19-year-old Spieth seemed fazed by the resulting bogey. He birdied the next hole on the way to a 67 and a 36-hole score of 132. Spieth is tied for third.

“But it was just a bad break in timing,” Spieth said. “If I had hit the putt two seconds earlier, it wouldn’t have done that. If I waited two seconds longer, I wouldn’t have grounded my putter.”

Weather delays

Friday’s round was stopped at 6:38 p.m. because of lightning in the area, with 54 players on the course. Play resumes at 7:15 a.m. Saturday. Earlier in the day, rain and lightning delayed play for 2 hours, 10 minutes.

“It doesn’t bother me. I can’t control the weather so I don’t really worry about it too much,” said Mansfield High School graduate Martin Flores, who was four holes short of finishing the round before the midday delay. “You just kind of accept it and move on.”

A good streak

After missing every other cut in his last five tournaments, Martin Flores made his second consecutive cut with a 4-under 136 at Colonial.

“I’ve struggled this year with some consistency, so I’m showing signs of moving in the right direction,” said Flores, who tied for 43rd at last week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship. “I have to hit the ball closer, I have to start hitting fairways and giving myself opportunities to make some putts.”

Oh, Henry

Snapping a two-year drought, Fort Worth resident J.J. Henry made the Colonial cut with a second straight 68.

“Obviously living here in Fort Worth, I have a lot of friends and family and a lot of purple TCU fans out there today rooting me on,” said Henry, playing his 12th Colonial. “I played well today. I hit a lot of good shots, better even than [Thursday], even though I shot the same score.”

Hot start

Playing partners Josh Teater and Boo Weekley each shot 30 on the opening nine holes, which started from the No. 10 tee, but both closed with 37s.

“We were both rolling,” Teater said of their early play. “If we both didn’t birdie the hole, one of us did for a good stretch.”

Teater’s 36-hole score of 132 puts him tied for third, while Weekley is tied for ninth at 134. Teater is 10 under on the back nine through 36 holes — best for any player in the same stretch since 1983.

“I’m really looking forward to the weekend,” Teater said.

Rollins reeling

After shooting a season-best round of 63 Thursday, Colleyville resident John Rollins struggled to a 1-over 71 Friday.

Starting from the 10th tee, Rollins bogeyed three of the first six holes, including consecutive bogeys on 14 and 15. However, he was able to rebound slightly on the front nine, making birdie putts on 6 and 7 to move to 1 over for the day.

Staff writer Eric Zarate contributed to this report.

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