CARMEL, Ind. – An ice-cold putter kept Jordan Spieth from turning a good round into a great one.
It might also prevent him from cracking the top five heading into East Lake.
Spieth made only 30 feet of putts during a 4-under 68 Saturday that could have been so much better. He bogeyed his last two holes, dropping into a tie for ninth at 8-under 208, 10 shots behind Dustin Johnson.
“It was a round of what could have been,” he said.
Spieth said he didn’t properly adjust to the slower green speeds, after more than an inch of rain fell at Crooked Stick overnight and Saturday morning. It was his ball-striking that let him down over the first two days, but he hit crisper iron shots in the third round after loading better onto his right side during his backswing.
The late stumbles meant Spieth is now seventh in FedEx Cup points. The top five after this week can capture the FedEx Cup if they win the Tour Championship. Spieth is projected to finish 501 points behind No. 5 Paul Casey.