Defending Australian Open champion Jordan Spieth is in contention for a repeat win after a Friday 68 at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney has him four shots behind halfway leader Matt Jones.
Jones, who is a member of the host club, matched Spieth's Friday 3-under score to reach 7-under 135 in conditions that mirrored the massive gusts that made first-round scoring very difficult.
Aussie Todd Sinnott is alone in second place at 4-under 138.
Spieth is joined in joint third with Nicolas Colsaerts, who had a Friday-best 66, Aron Price, 2006 U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy and first-round leader Lincoln Tinghe, who followed an opening 66 with 73.
The 22-year-old defending champion, who played alongside Ogilvy and Lee Westwood, felt somewhat hurried down the stretch after his group was put on the clock for slow play.
'We were falling behind,'' Spieth said. ''And then once we get to 13 Lee hits it over the (television) tower and they come and tell us, `We know what happened but you stillRead More »from Spieth gets into contention at the Australian Open, trails Jones by 4