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  • Spieth in contention at Players

  • PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — So much for that Masters hangover for Jordan Spieth.
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  • PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — So much for that Masters hangover for Jordan Spieth.
    In his first big tournament since the 20-year-old Texan tied for second at Augusta National, Spieth had another bogey-free round Friday in The Players Championship and shot a 6-under 66 to trail Martin Kaymer by one shot going into the weekend.
    Kaymer tied the course record with a 63 in the opening round — becoming the first player with a 29 on either nine — and his encore wasn't too shabby. He treated the second round like a fresh start, lowered his expectations and capped off his 3-under 69 with a pitching wedge to 4 feet on an island green with a back pin on the 17th hole.
    The 29-year-old German was at 12-under 132. That matched the best 36-hole score on the Stadium Course at the TPC Sawgrass in 20 years, dating to Greg Norman's record-setting performance. Norman made only one bogey that week.
    Adam Scott kept alive his hopes of going to No. 1 in the world this week with three birdies in his last four holes for a 67. That was a 10-shot improvement from Thursday and enabled him to make the cut on the number at even-par 144.
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