For the second consecutive Sunday, Jordan Spieth deflated golf fans’ hopes with a less-than-stellar final round. His winless stretch will extend another week UFA.
The former world No. 1 and three-time major champion took a two-stroke lead into the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and in the process pumped some much-needed juice into a tournament lacking star power.
But in an ideal position to win for the first time since the 2017 British Open, the winner of 11 PGA Tour titles from 2013 through 2017 lost his lead 40 minutes after teeing off and couldn’t produce momentum nor his heralded magic the rest of the overcast day.
JordanSpieth came home with a 2-under-par 70 and finished in a tie for third, three shots behind winner Daniel Berger.
It was Spieth’s second consecutive top-5; just last week he fired a 10-under-par 61 at TPC Scottsdale in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, a round that blew up social media and placed Spieth into a share of the 54-hole lead.
But a final-round 72 dropped him into a tie for fourth; his first top-10 in nearly a year.
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“I’m as confident as I’ve been in a long time,” Spieth said. “Not only the current outlook but also looking forward. So it’s still mechanics. It’s still dragging on. It’s still going too long and therefore getting late into the ball and I made some really, really good swings this week under pressure.
I made some not so good swings under pressure and there were more good ones than there were last week.”
So Spieth will head south to Los Angeles for the Genesis Invitational hosted by Tiger Woods at Riviera Country Club. He’ll do so with some extra confidence in his luggage.
Especially after missing the cut at Torrey Pines in the Farmers Insurance Open three weeks ago.
In Sunday’s final round, Spieth didn’t take advantage of the scoreable first seven holes at Pebble Beach, playing them in even par. The stretch deflated Spieth.