AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth ran out of fuel on the primary 9 Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club.
Having received the Valero Texas Open one week in the past to snap his three-year winless streak, Spieth didn’t have sufficient in the tank to mount a comeback. He closed with a decent final-round of 2-under 70 to share third place, however a sluggish begin did him in.
“I’m tired,” Spieth conceded after the spherical. “I felt some mental fatigue for sure and made a couple bonehead mistakes over the weekend, just from, I think, maybe the long stretch.”
Spieth, the winner of the 2015 Masters, recorded his fifth top-3 end at Augusta National and added another chapter in golf’s best comeback story this season. To hear Spieth inform it, there’s work nonetheless to be executed to retooling the golf swing that received three majors between 2015 and 2017.
“I’ve made a lot of good progress, but I feel like that road ahead is still significant for me,” he mentioned.
How far off is open to debate as Spieth led the sector in greens in regulation, hitting 56 of 72 greens. Despite a few chip ins through the event, Spieth solely obtained up and down eight instances, and talked about a poor chip on the eighth gap Sunday that left him a 17-foot birdie putt as the one shot on the entrance 9 that caught in his craw.
“I wish that I had the control of my swing that I hope is coming or I think is coming soon because it would have made things a little easier this week,” Spieth mentioned. “Structurally, it’s still not matching up where I want it to, and I feel like I’m doing a significant movement to try and get there. I still have a little bit of the old tendencies, but I get it in a better striking position, with the wrists in a better place, the club face and the shaft plane in a much better place, which is why I’m able to come out and contend.”
Spieth started the ultimate spherical trailing Hideki Matsuyama by six strokes, so it could have taken a big day just like the 8-under 64 who shot in 2018 to provide Patrick Reed a scare.
But Spieth caught a flier on the primary gap and placing from the again fringe, he couldn’t stand up and down. He recovered the stroke with a birdie at 2, however back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 5 and 6 dropped him to three beneath and eight behind Matsuyama.
While he bounced again with 5 birdies earlier than a closing bogey, Spieth might in poor health afford to make three bogeys in his first six holes.
Jordan Spieth traces up his putt on the 18th inexperienced through the last spherical of the 2021 Masters Tournament. (Photo: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports)
The spotlight of Spieth’s spherical needed to be his method from 211 yards on the par-4 10th gap, which caught a slope and stopped 4 toes from the opening. In holing the quick birdie putt, Spieth grew to become the primary participant to birdie the tenth gap in all 4 rounds. Spieth mentioned he’ll take a while off and that working at house is the place he could make the strides essential to develop into a constant winner once more.
“It’s still a little ways to go,” he mentioned. “It could just kind of start to click and really feel that momentum.”
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