Spieth goes birdie-birdie-birdie to win at Colonial


Jordan Spieth finished birdie-birdie-birdie on Sunday to shoot 5-under 65 and win the Dean & DeLuca Invitational by three shots over Harris English. Here’s how the world No. 2 marched to victory at Colonial:

Leaderboard: Spieth (-17), English (-14), Ryan Palmer (-13), Webb Simpson (-13), Kyle Reifers (-12)

What it means: This is Spieth’s eighth PGA Tour win, his second this season, and his first in his home state of Texas. Up one to start the day, Spieth actually fell two shots back after opening with nine straight pars of varying difficulty. But the world No. 2 caught fire at the turn, carding three straight birdies at Nos. 10-12 before a bogey at 13, his only dropped shot of the day. Tied at 14 under through 15 holes, Spieth took the lead with a bending 20-foot birdie putt on 16, went up two with a pitch-in for birdie from over the back of the green at 17 and put the tournament away with a 34-foot make on 18 for a back-nine 30. With the win, Spieth passes Tiger Woods for wins by a player before the age of 23 and now trails only Horton Smith (14). More importantly, the top three players in the world – Jason Day, Spieth and Rory McIlroy – will enter next week’s event, the Memorial, coming off a victory in their last start.

Best of the rest: English (66) opened with an eagle and played his first eight holes in 4 under before finding the water and settling for bogey at the par-4 ninth. Unfazed, he bounced right back with birdies at 10 and 11 but made another bogey at 12. From there, he’d par his way into the clubhouse, falling short as Spieth charged home. 

Biggest disappointments: Playing in the final group with Spieth, Webb Simpson (68) and Ryan Palmer (68) finished tied for third at 13 under but never challenged for the lead. Simpson started bogey-birdie, went out in 1-over 36, and three back-nine birdies weren't enough to get him back in the hunt. Palmer played the front nine 2 under but made seven pars and a bogey on the back before a closing birdie at 18. Reifers (68) birdied each hole of the Horrible Horseshoe and added another circle at 10 but made seven straight pars and a bogey on 18 to finish.

Round of the day: Chad Campbell jumped 29 spots and into a tie for 10th with a 7-under 63, Sunday’s low score by two shots. Starting on the back nine, Campbell made four birdies on each nine, including four in his first five holes, and dropped his only shot of his final hole of the day, the par-4 ninth.

Shots of the day: Three of them. Spieth’s bending 20-footer for birdie on 16, his pitch-in for birdie from over the back on 17, and his 34-footer for birdie on 18.

Quote of the day: "As much as you play it off, that's a tough hump to get over, coming back from Augusta." - Spieth