Jordan Spieth had a solid round on Saturday at the Zozo Championship, with the exception of a couple of holes. And those two holes cost him big.
Jordan Spieth did some good things during his Saturday round at the Zozo Championship. But a couple of bad holes derailed his round and forced him into another round over par on the PGA Tour.
Spieth started his round in fine fashion. On the first hole, he rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt to immediately get himself under par. Then on the par-5 second hole, Spieth got up-and-down from a greenside bunker for another birdie. Spieth was 2-under through two holes.
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But on the third hole, Spieth ran into his first significant trouble of the day. Playing the par three, Spieth hit his tee shot into the water. His third shot went way left, away from the water, and missed the green. His fourth shot left him about 15 feet for par. He missed the putt and settled for a triple bogey six. He went from 2-under par to 1-over par in one hole.
Spieth would par the next four holes, staying at 1-over par. On the par-3 eighth hole, he missed the green again and was unable to get up-and-down. Spieth was saddled with a bogey, and he slipped to 2-over par. He would par the ninth to shoot a 2-over par 38 on his front nine.
He started his back nine with pars on the 10th and 11th holes. Then on the par-3 12th, Spieth was able to put his previous woes on par threes aside, as his tee shot landed about six feet from the hole. Spieth made the putt to get back to 1-over par.
Spieth carried the momentum to the 13th hole, a par five, where he was near the green in two, then chipped to within two feet and made the putt. At that point, Spieth was back to even par.
But just like on the front side, when he started with two birdies, Spieth faltered after consecutive birdies on the back nine.
On the par-4 14th hole, his tee shot went out of bounds. His third shot landed in the fairway and his fourth got him on the green about 10 feet from the hole. Spieth was unable to convert the putt, settling for a crippling double bogey that dropped him back to 2-over par.
Spieth would bogey the 15th hole, slipping to 3-over on his round. But he got one back on the par-5 16th hole with a 10-foot birdie putt, getting back to 2-over par.
He would close his round with two pars to shoot a 2-over par 72. But Spieth will wonder what could have been if not for a couple of bad holes on Saturday.