For all practical purposes, when the sun went down on Saturday evening at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am, 20 year-old Jordan Spieth was done. Beginning his third round at the Pebbble Beach course with a piece of the 36-hole lead, his day would be defined at the first hole on the old iconic course, and that word was “three-putt”. But after finishing his third round early Sunday morning, he made a comeback that is rarely seen from a person of his age.
Jordan Spieth came back out in the final round on Sunday afternoon and fired a bogey-free -5 under par 67 to post an eight under par clubhouse lead. This was spectacular considering the 78 he posted in the third round was the worse 18 holes of golf he had ever played in his young career. He would end the tournament in a tie for fourth place with Kevin Na.
Saturday was a disaster! With only three birdies on the card, he made seven bogeys with a double at nine. The round included six three-putts that were very uncharacteristic of the youngster from Dallas.
They say that sometimes, tournaments are won and lost with the luck of the draw, especially when weather is involved. Unfortunately, he drew the toughest of the three courses when the weather conditions were the worse, and he paid the price. Play was stopped on Saturday for almost two hours when wind at Pebble Beach was kicking over 30 mph. Third-round co-leader, Jimmy Walker drew the Monterrey Peninsula Country Club on Saturday, the easiest in the rotation.
And he didn’t lose his sense of humor.
“Yesterday was a day where you want to play Pebble Beach in that weather once in your life,” Spieth said. “You just don’t want it be Saturday when you’re in the lead.”
It’s impressive that at his age, Spieth was able to turn it around so quickly and make such a good run in the finale’. He carded an eagle at the second hole, and was off to the races.
Although I expected winner, Jimmy Walker might back up on Sunday, I didn’t think the -8 under Jordan posted would stand up for a playoff. As it turns out, two-time AT&T champ, Dustin Johnson would get in the clubhouse with Jack Renner at -10 under par, and in line for a playoff. Walker needed par at 18 to avoid the playoff, and was able to notch his third victory of the year.
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