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Struggling Spieth: A good round is 'brewing'

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Jordan Spieth may not successfully defend his title Sunday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but he believes the week may prove a success anyway.

“I came here kind of searching,” Spieth said after posting a 2-under-par 70 Saturday that left him eight shots off the lead. “I seem to have kind of found some answers to some problem areas.”

A lot of the week has been about getting comfortable with his putting again, where he isn’t thinking about technique, where he’s just letting the putter go.

“I think a good round’s brewing,” Spieth said. “It’s close. It’s really close. That’s what it feels like.”

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Spieth sounded Saturday like a Major League Baseball player in spring training still. He said he was sick at the end of last year, and with the missed cut in Phoenix, he has been playing with some lowered expectations, while he gets his game back in order.

That made it tough to battle Dustin Johnson in a three-day pairing this week.

“I still believe I can go out and compete to win each tournament I play in, but when I’m playing alongside DJ, and he’s playing so well, and I’m just not quite on my game, it gets a little tougher,” he said.

But Spieth likes how his putting is beginning to feel again.

“I’ve made a lot of progress,” he said.