17 year old Spieth finishes 6 over at Byron Nelson


IRVING, Texas (AP)—Teenage amateur Jordan Spieth had a rough finish at theByron Nelson Championship.

The 17-year-old player was still among the top 10 on the leaderboard in thefinal round until faltering down the stretch Sunday. He closed with two doublebogeys and two bogeys.

“I was humbled by this back nine,” Spieth said. “I’m focused on collegenow. Had I won today, who knows, but I’m focused now on the next step. This willsink in, and I’m sure it will sink in in a positive way. But it stings rightnow, it really does.”

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Spieth, who played his final round with eventual champion Keegan Bradley ,made the cut at the Nelson for the second straight and had a closing 7-over 77.

At 6 over for the tournament, Spieth tied for 32nd. He was nine strokesbehind Bradley (68), who beat Ryan Palmer in a playoff. Spieth’s total was 10strokes higher than last year’s score at TPC Four Seasons when he finished tiedfor 16th.

Spieth (pronounced SPEE-th) missed his high school graduation ceremonySaturday. His third round ended about the same time the ceremony for the otherDallas Jesuit Prep seniors was getting started about 20 miles from the course.

On another windy day Sunday at TPC Four Seasons, Spieth had four birdies andeight over-par holes (five birdies and three double bogeys).

Spieth had a lot of birdies this weeks, but also a lot of bogeys that kepthim from possibly contending to be the first amateur to win a PGA Tour eventsince Phil Mickelson at the 1991 Northern Telecom Open. The youngest amateurwinner is still Johnny McDermott, who was 19 years, 10 months when he won the1911 U.S. Open.

The 20 birdies by Spieth this week were the second-most subpar holes behindthe 22 by defending champion, who finished fifth. But Spieth also had 20 holesover par with 14 bogeys and six double bogeys.

“I knew I would make a few birdies but, you know, it’s hard right now totake it. It’s hard to take it right now finishing 6 over on my last fourholes,” he said. “It wasn’t the nerves, I just didn’t hit good shots. Justplain didn’t hit good shots.”

When Spieth made it to play the weekend rounds at the Nelson last year as a16-year-old, he was then the sixth-youngest person to make the cut in a PGA Tourevent.

The 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, who plans to attend the University ofTexas this fall, is scheduled to play in a U.S. Open qualifying tournament June6 in Dallas.

“I had an awesome time this week, just like I always do,” he said. “Idon’t think I surprised myself having a chance again. I know this course reallywell and prepared and I was ready to go.”