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FORT WORTH -- Dallas Jesuit grad Jordan Spieth finished his second high-quality round at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, but it wasn t without a big helping of adversity.

On the sixth green, just before he was ready to making his putting stroke, his golf ball moved and he incurred a one-stroke penalty. But he bounced back immediately on the next hole, despite admittedly being emotionally upset after the bad break.

Number seven was definitely the key hole of the day, Spieth said. I hit a great 3 wood and then hit a 9 iron way up in the air and it came down to about a foot. That was very, very important.

Spieth cards a second-round 67, that included five birdies and a pair of bogeys. He three-putted the 16th for his second bogey of the day when he had a shot to grab the lead outright at 9-under.

I was just a little too focused on the line, Spieth said. It was a tricky little putt. Yeah, I ll learn from that if I m in that position again.

In his first year as a professional, Spieth showing he s a quick learner.

In the bigger picture, he s put himself in position to earn full-time playing privileges next year, and in the short term, he s in position to win a PGA Tour event 45 minutes from where he grew up.

Yeah, it s very special, Spieth said. You try not to think about it too much - you try to think of it as another tournament, but its nice to have extra support seeing my family and close friends out here egging me on. It's like a 15th club in the bag.

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