Spieth had never flirted with the cut at the Masters before. In his previous four tournament he has won, tied for second twice and tied for 11th once. He is comfortably inside the cut line now after an about face on Friday.
Spieth pointed to two differences for the reversal of fortune.
One, he said he played better from tee to green. With more greens in regulation came less pressure on his putter. He called them stress-free.
Two, he discovered a crack in his driver in a post-round practice session on Thursday. Titleist delivered a backup driver and Spieth was in better position. After hitting 7 of 14 fairways and 10 of 18 greens in Round 1, he hit 10 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens in Round 2.
“I think it's getting really close to being in full control and able to have kind of the ball striking like today on a regular basis if not better,” Spieth said. “So I feel really good about today's round and what you're saying as far as some momentum going forward, just on my progression.”
Spieth said his confidence grew with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 9 and 10. He made a 28-foot birdie putt to end his front nine.
There were chances for a better score. Spieth missed a six-foot birdie putt on No. 17. He three-putted the No. 15 green from 45 feet after hitting the par 5 in two shots.
Spieth is six strokes behind the leaders on the crowded leaderboard going into the weekend. He says don’t count him out just yet.
“As far as this tournament, I’m six back, if I can somehow cut it to three by Sunday, then I feel like I have a legitimate chance,” Spieth said.