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Spieth Tied for 15th at End of British Open’s Second Day

Jordan Spieth, left, and Dustin Johnson on the British Open’s 16th green yesterday. Spieth’s short game and Johnson’s power helped them climb the leaderboard. Credit Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Jordan Spieth, left, and Dustin Johnson on the British Open’s 16th green yesterday. Spieth’s short game and Johnson’s power helped them climb the leaderboard. Credit Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Former University of Texas star Jordan Spieth is five strokes off the lead after weather and darkness cut short his second round at the British Open.

Spieth, who fired a five-under-par 67 in the first round Thursday, is even for the tournament after three-putting three times in the second round. When he was forced from the course by darkness, he was tied for 15th place with Justin Rose, Steven Bowditch, Anirban Lahiri and Geoff Ogilvy.

The darkness only came into play Friday because heavy rain in the early morning flooded the Old Course at St. Andrews (Scotland). The weather disrupted the start of the round by nearly three hours, backing up Spieth’s tee time to nearly 6 p.m., local time.

Spieth, of course, is trying to add the British to the Masters and U.S. Open titles he won earlier this season as he takes aim at golf’s Grand Slam. The projected cut is currently plus-3.