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Spieth misses Players cut, cites swing issues

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Jordan Spieth’s swing wasn’t quite right this week, and the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course exposed it.

Spieth says that’s why he won’t be playing this weekend at The Players Championship.

He says he didn’t miss the cut Friday because he is feeling additional pressure since winning the Masters last month. He didn’t miss it because he was overly tired after playing the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship last week. He said he just couldn’t find his swing.

“I just have not worked hard enough since the Masters to have my game,” Spieth said. “I sprayed it everywhere this week, and it was unlike me.”

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Spieth, 21, followed his 3-over-par 75 Thursday with a 72 on Friday. He missed the cut by three shots. It’s just his second missed cut this season, his only other coming at the Farmers Insurance Open three months ago.

“I’m not tired,” Spieth said. “I told you on the podium yesterday it wasn’t just an off day. There’s something going on with my swing that I’m not comfortable with. And it showed in my swing today, too. I really fought hard. I fought hard, got up and down a lot today.”

Spieth hit just seven greens in regulation on Friday and just nine on Thursday. He said he’s looking forward to going home to Dallas, taking a week off, sleeping in his own bed, and getting back to work with his swing coach, Cameron McCormick. He says he’s excited about playing his two hometown events after that, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and the AT&T Byron Nelson.

“I’ve played [those courses] a million times, each of them,” Spieth said. “Familiar tracks, I know how to play them. I’m excited for this next stretch.”