Conservative approach works for Spieth


BETHESDA, Md. – After two days of being paired with Tiger Woods under the most intense scrutiny (non-major division), Jordan Spieth was grateful for a little stress-free golf, and it wasn’t just the spotlight that was subdued on Saturday at the Quicken Loans National.

“I was looking just to play some more conservative golf, put the ball on the green and give myself some looks and I did,” said Spieth, who followed rounds of 74 and 70 with a 69 on Day 3 to move into the top 25.

Spieth hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation, matching his total through his first two rounds. He also improved off the tee, hitting 9 of 14 fairways.

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Spieth, at No. 9 in the world the highest-ranked player remaining in the field, revealed that this week’s event is serving as a tune-up for next month’s Open Championship.

“I’ve been working on some stuff and this was the first week of working on it, so I knew I would be a little rusty,” said Spieth, who was the only member of Thursday and Friday’s marquee pairing with Woods and No. 6 Jason Day to make the cut.

Last year’s PGA Tour rookie of the year plans to take next week off before playing the John Deere Classic, where he is the defending champion.