DUBLIN, Ohio – Jordan Spieth’s final-round rally came up just short at the Memorial.
Spieth started the day nine shots off the lead but made a late surge up the standings, carding a 7-under 65 that was the day’s low round by two shots. It left him tied for third, two shots out of a playoff between David Lingmerth and Justin Rose, but Spieth still made the most of his final competitive round before the U.S. Open.
“That was exactly what we needed for some momentum going into the Open,” Spieth said. “I felt like it was coming along. I was striking the ball a lot better this week, to be down the list. When I felt like I was playing well, I just couldn’t capitalize on my opportunities.”
Spieth did plenty of capitalizing in the final round, chipping in first for birdie on No. 7 and again for eagle on No. 15, where his delicate splash from the greenside rough rattled the pin and dropped. It appeared to be a daunting leave, but the spot elicited some positive memories for Spieth.
“I had that shot two years ago to the same pin from the left bunker and made it,” he said. “I tried to visualize that, pick the line, pick the spot.”
Spieth now has nine top-10 finishes in 16 starts this season, including a pair of wins. He said he will continue to focus on his putting from inside 10 feet during his upcoming off week, but the main pieces of his game appear to be in place as he looks to become the first player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year since Tiger Woods in 2002.
“All in all, my game came in here ready. I wanted to work into contention to feel the nerves, that’s the best way to get prepared for a major,” he said. “I would have liked to maybe feel the nerves for two solid days on the weekend, but I certainly was feeling it there on the back nine.”