Merritt’s 61 Tops RBC Heritage Round 2

While Jordan Spieth threatened to steal all the headlines with his rallying 62 on Friday at the Harboru Town course in Hilton Head, South Carolina; Troy Merritt did him one better, firing a career-low 61 to take the lead at the RBC Heritage.

Merritt was marvelous, with 10 birdies, including four straight to end the round, and seven total on the back nine. He leads Matt Kuchar and John Merrick by four strokes through 36 holes.

Spieth vaulted from tied for 93rd to tied for 7th thanks to his 9-under 62. The Masters champion had five birdies on the front nine and four more on the back just a day after struggling to two bogeys, a double bogey and one birdie.

The big round puts Spieth six strokes off the lead. In his last four starts, Spieth has won the Valspar Championship,  finished second at the Valero Texas Open, finished second in a playoff at the Shell Houston Open, and won the Masters.

One final note, among those making the cut, which was set at even par, 65-year-old Tom Watson who fired a 72-70 over the first two days.

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