The 24-year-old, three-time major winner, needing to birdie the last missed a 26-foot putt to finish on level par overall. To lead on 10 under, fellow Americans Bryson DeChambeau and Rickie Fowler both carded their second rounds of 66.
Martin Laird of Scotland (67) is in a large group on seven under. Phil Mickelson, the five-time major winner birdied his last four holes to card 65 and join Laird and Spain’s world number two Jon Rahm (68) three off the pace.
England’s Ian Poulter (69) is at three under but Scotland’s Russell Knox (68) missed the cut, despite holing three birdies in his last four holes, as he finished level par.
Fowler, had seven birdies in his five-under 66 and says: “I’m comfortable on this course, I’ve had quite a few rounds here and there’s been a lot of good ones.”
Daniel Berger and Chez Reavie of America also shot 65s and are one stroke back. Spieth missed the cut by a stroke after a frustrating two days. The 24-year-old’s last missed a cut was at May’s Byron Nelson, a run of 259 days and 15 straight cuts made.
Hideki Matsuyama, the two-time defending champion withdrew injured before Friday’s round.
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