NORTON, Mass. – That sound you heard just before 2 p.m. in the east was U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples groaning, or maybe it was the crowd following American phenom Jordan Spieth when the twenty-something charged in a 23 footer for eagle at TPC Boston’s final hole. Or maybe it was just thunder.
Either way, it was an eventful few moments before the weather warning horn blew at the Deutsche Bank Championship at 2:07 p.m., just moments after Spieth completed his closing round of 62 to move to within three strokes of leader Henrik Stenson and squarely into Couples’ consciousness.
Spieth’s closing card will likely not be enough to earn him his second PGA Tour victory with the leaders yet to make the turn at TPC Boston, but it surely will make Couples’ decision regarding his captain’s picks a little more difficult.
“That’s up to him if I’ve done enough,” said Spieth, who began the week 26th on the U.S. Presidents Cup points list. “It would be the greatest honor I’ve ever had (to be a pick).”
Spieth, who began the day tied for 29th, started his round with back-to-back birdies and only got better. After playing his first five holes on the inward loop in even par, the rookie finished birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle to post the lowest round in his young professional career.
Play was expected to be delayed at least an hour, but Spieth, who has a 6:30 p.m. flight home to Dallas on Monday, wasn’t going anywhere. “I’ll hang for a while,” he smiled.
Even without the DBC victory, or captain’s pick, which will be announced on Wednesday, Spieth already claimed a slice of Tour history, becoming the first player to play his way to the Tour Championship since Tiger Woods in 1996.
“It’s where you want to be. That’s going to be my goal for years and years to come,” he said.