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Jordan Spieth sails right back into contention at final major of the year

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts in front of Jordan Spieth, left, after McIlloy made a birdie putt on the sixth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts in front of Jordan Spieth, left, after McIlloy made a birdie putt on the sixth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jordan Spieth reacts after making a birdie on the sixth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    Jordan Spieth reacts after making a birdie on the sixth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jordan Spieth hits a drive on the fifth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Jordan Spieth hits a drive on the fifth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)  (The Associated Press)

The cheers for Jordan Spieth began not when the fans lining the eighth hole watched him walked by Friday at the PGA Championship.

It was when they saw the hand-held scoreboard tailing behind.

Spieth was at 6-under par, and while his share of the lead didn't last, he was right in the mix at another major. Spieth holed a bunker shot on the 18th hole, then made three more birdies on the front nine for a 5-under 67. He was one shot behind David Lingmerth among early starters, and sure to factor going into the weekend.

The 22-year-old Texan narrowly missed birdie putts on the last two holes and figured he would be four or five shots behind after the second round because the wind had calmed.