LOS ANGELES – Jordan Spieth reached Riviera’s 18th hole Sunday afternoon at 6-under for the tournament, the same score which got three players into a playoff not long thereafter.
As he later explained, though, he thought he would need to do one better.
“I knew I needed a birdie,” he said of the par-4 closing hole. “I thought the lead was at 7 and there was two leaders.”
After leaving his approach short left, Spieth hit an aggressive pitch past the hole and missed the ensuing par attempt.
“I hit a great pitch on the hole before. I had good vibes on it. I struck it nicely and thought it had a good chance to go in until that last foot or so and it dove off.”
As it would turn out, par would have been enough to join the playoff. Even so, he left the West Coast happy with the state of his game.
“It's really close to all firing,” he said after a final-round 1-under 70. “To get three top‑10s out of the first four events is nice. I'd like to have a little closer chance, maybe a putt to win or something coming up soon, rather than trying to chase the last few holes from behind.”