HP Nelson diary: Jordan Spieth
IRVING, Texas -- It was a memorable second round Friday for 17-year-old Jordan Spieth, who shot a 2-under 68 and is in contention at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Spieth talked about his round, appearing on TV, and whether to play Saturday's round in a cap and gown.
Q: You said your goal today was a good start. How critical were those par putts at your first two holes?
JS: Very critical. All Kramer [his caddie, Kramer Hickok] and I talked about was starting strong and start hitting greens, and I didn't do that. The putt on No. 1 was big, a 4-foot slider, and I hit it right in the back and that was a big confidence boost. That told me, "Hey, you're hitting the putts right where you want to." That helped. And then [No.] 2 was a lot longer. If I had missed those, who knows how the day would have gone.
JS:I do. I see people I know all over the place. It's cool. All of these people are out here supporting me and having a great time themselves. It gives me confidence whenever they're saying, "Great birdie" or cheering or saying something only I know because they are my friends and get me laughing. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. It's going to be the biggest crowds yet. I want that. As much support as I can get out here, I think it helps. I definitely get a little more nervous, but I think it helps. When things are going right, it definitely helps a lot.
Q: Did you sleep better last night? Did you go to that graduation swim party?
JS: I didn't go to the party. I just stayed here. I slept a lot better. It was hard for me to get up this morning when that alarm went off.
Q: What it is like seeing yourself on "SportsCenter" and talking to the Golf Channel?
JS: I try not to watch any of that during the week. I try to avoid it all. It's cool, but you get caught up in that and you start forgetting what you're here for. I'm trying to have a great time. I know my friends are enjoying that and my parents are enjoying that. But I try not think about it, but it's part of the deal out here if you're playing well. It was fun to go up to the Golf Channel booth because I see those guys every weekend. Being there lets me know it's Nelson week.
Q: There's been a lot of talk about graduation. If you miss it, will you be a little disappointed?
JS: I think a little bit looking back. But I hope to get there and get my diploma, even if it's after they've called everyone. I want to make it, but I'm glad I'm playing well enough to be in the afternoon.
Q: What is your plan for the rest of the day and tonight?
JS: I think I'm going to relax by the pool and see what Kramer is doing and see what my friends are doing. But I'll take it easy again and do what I did last night. I may go out with my coach and hit some mid-irons. I felt a little off with those today, but I'm not going to wear myself out. It's hot out here.
Richard Durrett covers golf for ESPNDallas.com.
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