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Red-hot Spieth seizes share of 54-hole lead at Texas Open

Jordan Spieth roared house with 5 birdies in his remaining seven holes on Saturday to shoot a five-under 67 seize a share of the lead with Matt Wallace heading into the ultimate spherical of the Texas Open.

Spieth has received 11 occasions on the PGA Tour however is hoping to finish a prolonged dry spell relationship again over three years to the 2017 British Open.

His sport has been trending in the proper path with the Masters looming at Augusta National subsequent week.

The 27-year outdated American highlighted that with a stellar again 9 to get to 12-under 204 and a tie with England’s four-time European Tour winner Wallace, who additionally shot a 67.

“I left the ball in the right spots when it was missed and really, I did a great job managing today,” he mentioned.

Former winner Charley Hoffman shook off a gradual begin to the week at one of his favorite occasions on the Tour and was firmly in rivalry at San Antonio.

Hoffman fired a seven-under 65 for a 10-under complete of 206.

Like Spieth, Hoffman caught hearth on the again aspect at TPC San Antonio, with an eagle on No. 14 and three straight birdies to cap his spherical.

Cameron Tringale was alone in fourth place at eight underneath, whereas India’s Anirban Lahiri rounded out the highest 5 after a 69 to succeed in seven-under, 5 photographs off the lead.

The match returned this week after being cancelled in 2020 as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. It is one of the longest working occasions on the Tour and was first held in 1922.

Texas native Spieth has three high 4 finishes in his final six begins and a win Sunday can be a confidence-booster for the Masters, which he received in 2015.

He had an uneventful entrance 9 with one birdie and a bogey on No. 9 earlier than kicking his sport into excessive gear with a birdie on the par-four twelfth. He then two-putted for birdie on the par-five 14th and drained a six foot putt on 15 to get to 10 underneath.

After a par on 16, Spieth made one of his finest photographs within the match on the 308-yard, par-four seventeenth. He hit his tee shot extensive proper, then completely executed a flop shot from simply off a gravel path to inside three toes of the pin to get to 11 underneath.

He tacked on one other birdie on 18 with a 321 yard drive down the proper aspect of the green then landed his method within the center of the inexperienced. He completed off the spherical with a faucet in birdie and a giant smile.

– Good nerves –

Playing alongside Spieth, Wallace saved tempo with back-to-back birdies to shut out his 67 spherical. He additionally tapped in for birdie on the ultimate gap.

“Started off lovely,” mentioned Wallace, who’s in search of his first win within the United States. “I felt nervous, but that’s a good thing because I haven’t been in this situation in a while.”

Hoffman was additionally in a zone Saturday on the again 9 with an eagle and 4 birdies on his final seven holes.

The Texas Open has been his private playground over the previous decade as he’s the match’s all-time earnings chief whereas making the lower in his final 11 begins. Hoffman received the occasion in 2016 and has a pair of runner-up finishes.

He has but to qualify for the Masters so there’s lots of further motivation for Sunday.

“It was good fun on the back nine, trading birdies,” Spieth mentioned. “I think that’s what we’ll hopefully look to do tomorrow. On the back, it was nice to see some putts go in within the group. It was a fun atmosphere out there.”


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