Jordan Spieth, main by one in a single day, ripped his opening drive on Sunday at the Charles Schwab Challenge, 298 yards down the center.
Seventy-two uncomfortable swings later, he was shaking champion Jason Kokrak’s hand.
Spieth, who made simply two birdies in his opening three rounds at Colonial Country Club, bogeyed the par-5 first – from the green – within the last spherical and added extra at Nos. 3 and 4.
Kokrak wasn’t way more constant on Sunday, however he solely wanted 70 strokes to show a one-shot deficit right into a two-stroke triumph. After claiming his maiden PGA Tour victory late final yr at Shadow Creek, he’s now one in all two a number of winners on Tour this season (Stewart Cink, Bryson DeChambeau).
For Spieth, nonetheless, it was a missed alternative, realizing that simply a mean spherical may properly have been sufficient for his second win of the season.
“I could have shot even par today and won the golf tournament, but from the very get-go, just a really bad start, and then tried to fight my way through it,” Spieth mentioned. “But I was just really off with my golf swing. I really lost it this weekend. You just have to be in control around Colonial.”
Spieth ended the day with 5 bogeys and two birdies. He misplaced strokes to the sphere in strokes gained: tee to inexperienced, method the inexperienced, across the inexperienced and placing.
“I was taking the club back and had no freaking clue where it was going to go,” he mentioned. “It’s very rare that you’re in the lead or close to the lead on a Sunday when that’s the case, and it’s not the most enjoyable feeling, but I’ve never been shy on grit, and really belief, in knowing that anything can happen. It was with me ‘til the end, until the shot came off left on 18.”
Trailing by one on the ultimate gap, Spieth’s tee shot completed in the appropriate tough. From 162 yards, his runner raced left of the inexperienced and into the water hazard, relieving any stress felt by Kokrak.
There is not any time to hold his head, nonetheless, as Spieth is taking part in the upcoming Memorial Tournament and the U.S. Open is simply over two weeks away.
After opening in 63-66-66, and never making a bogey till Saturday, and incomes his sixth top-5 end of the yr, there are many positives as Spieth strikes ahead.
“I putted really well this week. I made a couple really nice par saves on putts that had to start outside the hole in ranges where I just kind of have been struggling to hit really solid putts and I thought that was a big move,” mentioned Spieth, who famous after Thursday’s 63 a current change in his placing “feel.”
“And then I’ve been striking the ball beautifully this year and I just have to hit the reset button tomorrow and get to work the next couple days and not let this weekend throw me away, and look at the positives of the ball-striking and look at the positives of the putting.”