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Spieth alters strategy late, hits driver, makes eagle

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CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jordan Spieth’s third-round 65 was jump-started by an eagle on the opening hole after driving the green.

Turns out his decision to take driver on the 380-yard opener wasn’t made until a few minutes before his tee time.

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Spieth said that he was going over final instructions with swing coach Cameron McCormick on his way to the first tee when he asked about strategy.

“How about I just sent it on No. 1?” Spieth asked. “And he’s like, ‘I put my chips behind anything that you decide, always.’ That kind of gave me a little extra boost that might have gotten it onto the front of the green.”

Spieth curled in the 15-footer for eagle, the beginning of a bogey-free round that gave him a share of the lead at The Open, along with Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.