Talk about déjà vu.
For the second straight day, Jordan Spieth ended a spherical dropping strokes on the greens.
But for the second time this week, he capped a spherical with an eagle.
After holing a 55-footer at TPC Craig Ranch’s par-5 ending gap on Thursday, Spieth left himself 30 toes from the green reduce at No. 18 in Saturday’s third spherical.
“I had had a couple fringe putts earlier in the round and they came off really bouncy and slow,” Spieth mentioned. “We’re just not used to the zoysia, so I went out and just hit it a little harder. Once it got on the green, it looked good, started the putter raise, and I wasn’t positive it was going in because the angle it was coming in at. I wanted to do the no-look to the crowd, but, I mean, it was a really cool moment.”
Spieth’s closing eagle put an exclamation level on 6-under 66 that obtained him to 17 underneath, three photographs back of 54-hole chief Sam Burns at the AT&T Byron Nelson. He additionally notched six birdies, which he credited to a slight adjustment along with his placing setup.
After Friday’s spherical, the place Spieth ranked 124th within the area in strokes gained placing (-1.488), he headed to the apply inexperienced. The repair: he widened his stance and bent over nearer to the ball like he’s performed previously.
“Kind of got me, like I said, a little more like open, like eyes open to the target versus feeling closed,” he defined, “and that, for me, if I feel more of a left bias, I putt a lot better than trying to save it.”
After a cranky second spherical, Spieth trusted the brand new stroke early. But by the point he had completed his spherical he had three-putted twice and missed three putts within 10 toes to convey his weekly complete to 9. Still, it was an enchancment, as Spieth ended up fortieth of 72 gamers in stroke gained placing (-0.385).
“If I was putting as well as I do in tournaments that I win, we would be a number of strokes better right now,” mentioned Spieth, who additionally bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16 on a day the place he missed solely 4 greens.
With gamers going off in threesomes early Sunday to keep away from inclement climate later within the day, Spieth can be within the penultimate group as he tries to trace down Burns, who’s making an attempt for his second victory in three weeks after profitable the Valspar Championship two weeks in the past.
“It’s one of those rounds you want to control your own destiny, but looks like I’ll be three back, and so you just got to go low or hope that Sam doesn’t go as low, right?” Spieth mentioned. “So, if I just have the attitude I did today, go out and be really patient, wait for it to come to me, play the easy holes well, and wait for your chance…”
And make extra putts.