AKRON, Ohio – After scrambling his way around Firestone Country Club for 36 holes, a bevy of errant shots finally caught up with Jordan Spieth during the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Spieth began the day at 2 under, tied for eighth and six shots behind Jim Furyk despite struggling with course conditions through his first two rounds. While he opened with a birdie Saturday, he closed his round with a pair of 6s that led to a 2-over 72, his worst score of the week.
“Very frustrating today. It was a poor performance,” Spieth said. “Didn’t have very good control of the ball. I putted it OK, but other than that, very much struggled.”
On a day when Firestone finally started to yield some low numbers, Spieth never got lower than 1 under on his round. He bogeyed the par-5 16th after an errant wedge approach, then carded a double bogey on the final hole when he was unable to escape the left rough.
At even-par 210, Spieth is now nine shots behind Rose and Jim Furyk and essentially out of contention for what would be his fifth win of the season. Instead, he will look to Sunday’s final round as a chance to build momentum for the PGA Championship – a task that will start by straightening things out off the tee.
“I’m going to need to look for some answers tomorrow, and into next week,” he said. “Hopefully, hit more fairways. I think I only hit three or four of them today in total, and there’s 14 possible. So they’re very hard to hit out here, but at the same time you have to be in them in order to play this golf course. That wasn’t there today.”