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Spieth, Thomas fight their way into Masters contention

By Andrew Both

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) – Americans Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas harnessed new precision to play their way into contention within the second spherical of the Masters on Friday, ending the day fourth and sixth, respectively.

Spieth (68), who on Sunday cracked a virtually four-year winless streak at TPC San Antonio, struggled to tame the blustery Augusta National within the first spherical, however reclaimed his nerve Friday, ending the day two again from chief Justin Rose.

“Mine feels like steady progress,” the 2015 Masters champion informed reporters.

“I wish that it felt like everything led into peaking here, but I’m just trying to honestly have things just move 5% closer than they did last week to structurally being where I am in the swing, and I’m putting some very average swings on it, and I’m putting some good ones on it still.”

The 27-year-old, who drained a 30-foot putt for birdie on the par-four seventeenth, shared the fourth spot on the leaderboard with Australian Marc Leishman.

World quantity two Thomas (67) heads into Saturday’s motion three strokes again from Rose in a six-way tie after hitting 16 greens Friday, 4 greater than his first-round effort produced.

A 3-putt bogey on the par-four 18th was the one blemish on his day.

“Once the greens were as firm as they were yesterday, you need to be able to work it and have some different spins on the ball to get it close to the holes,” mentioned Thomas, 27. “Today it was soft enough that you could get it close and make some birdies. It definitely helps.

“I imply, you simply very not often have a flat, degree, even lie with out a crosswind out right here.”

The pair superior as quite a few prime gamers, together with world primary and final 12 months’s champion Dustin Johnson, have been despatched packing.

(Reporting by Andrew Both, writing by Amy Tennery; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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