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Spieth, Hall in line for medalist honors

ADA, Mich. – One year later, Jordan Spieth is still the player to beat at the U.S. Junior Amateur. . . even if he does need to top a record-breaking performance to keep that distinction.

Hours after Gavin Hall scorched Egypt Valley Country Club with a Junior Amateur-record 62, Spieth made five birdies in his last eight holes to shoot 4-under 68 and tie Hall at 9 under. The two players are in line to share medalist honors.

Starting on the back nine, Spieth dropped to 4-under par for the tournament after hitting his approach into the water on the par-3 16th. But he rallied with birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 to shoot 31 on his final nine and tie the lead at 9-under 135.

Spieth, No. 2 in Golfweek’s Junior Rankings, had a chance to claim medalist honors outright on the par-4 ninth, his final hole, but he pulled his approach long and two-putted from 40 feet for par.

Spieth also was stroke-play medalist last year en route to winning at Trump National, and is looking to become the second player to win multiple U.S. Junior titles. Tiger Woods won three straight from 1991-93.

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