Spieth miffed over late-hole mistakes last two days


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth has now held the solo lead after each of the last seven rounds at the Masters. He’s pleased with that, but miffed he’s let the lead slide so much over the last three holes the last two days.

On Friday, Spieth was in the proverbial driver’s seat and made sloppy bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes. He only held a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy heading into the third round.

Similar situation on Saturday; Spieth made double bogey on the 11th hole, but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 12, 14 and 16.

Spieth stood on the 17th tee with a four-shot lead over Smylie Kaufman and butchered the last two holes. He hit poor drives on both, the 17th resulted in bogey and the last was a double bogey when his third shot from 75 yards ended 50 feet short of the pin. He three-putted, opening the door for a host of other big names like Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson, among others.

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“Probably go break something really quick, have dinner and watch a movie,” Spieth quipped when asked how he plans to get over the late hiccups. “I’ll be fine. It’s tough. I’m not exactly sure what I’ll do yet.

“I’ll just go grab some dinner and lay low, do the same thing I’ve done the last 12 rounds here at night, which is get to bed at a decent time, try and get a good amount of rest and tee off late in the afternoon.”

Spieth is a golf nerd. He analyzes everything and knows he essentially squandered an opportunity to have one arm firmly planted into a second green jacket.

“I played the last three holes, the last two days, 5 over par,” he said. “There was no challenge in those holes really.

“That’s what’s tough for me is those three holes, you should be able to hit the three greens in regulation and if you play them 1 over, you play them 1 over. But they are not the hard holes out there. That’s what’s tough.

“I know I have to shoot a significant under-par round tomorrow in order to win this tournament, when I could have played a different style of golf like I did on Sunday last year.”