From there McIlroy chipped to two feet and holed for par, giving a wry smile and raising his eyebrows to members of the media as he made his way to the 11th tee.
Meanwhile, it was a disappointing day for other Asian Tour players.
Anirban Lahiri in action at the PGA Championship. He's a shot back of third-round leader Kevin Kisner at -6. The PGA Championship victor at Whistling Straits in 2015, Jason Day (66) was sole third at six-under.
The Wiltshire man, who bounced back superbly on day one with five birdies in his final 13 holes having opened his round with a double-bogey on the first, made a contrasting start today.
Rickie Fowler, still trying to get his first major, had a one-under 70 and is at three-under 139.
After a rain delay Friday afternoon softened the course and created prime scoring conditions, Spieth played even par once play resumed.
The second-round effort by the Farmington resident who grew up playing Oakridge Country Club vaulted him into a tie with Lehi's Tony Finau for 23rd place at 1-over par heading into Saturday's third round. For the three days, the greens in regulation percentage on the hole is only 28.1 percent, by far the stingiest of the 18 holes at Quail Hollow.
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The 24-year-old American has been attempting to become the youngest player to complete a Grand Slam of majors this week, but he was unable to mount a charge up the leaderboard as he remained at three over for the tournament. Four-over for the front nine, he was five-over for the tournament before he birdied the 12th.
"The PGA Championship I think is going to be the toughest for me", he said. "Other than that, I would have been just fine".
He chipped the next shot within a few feet of the hole and putted in for a five on the hole. I probably didn't quite hit it as well off the tee as I did yesterday and wasn't putting myself in positions where I could go at a lot of pins. I missed only three fairways in the second round and four in the first round. "But [Quail Hollow], with the greens drying out and the rough up you can't miss your lines by very much and get away with it".
McIlroy was in danger of missing the halfway cut for the fourth time in his last seven major appearances after dropping four shots in the space of five holes at Quail Hollow.
Three bogeys in his first seven holes derailed that dream.
HOW THE AUSSIES FARED: Day (77) slumped to even-par in a share of 16th; Marc Leishman (71) shares 47th at four-over; Adam Scott (74) dropped to eight-over, tied 68th.