Monday, February 13, 2017

Jordan Spieth's California cruise to nine US

Tour win at 23

In his 100th start on the US PGA Tour, Jordan Spieth picked up his ninth win at the age of 23. (Harry How/Getty Images)

PEBBLE BEACH, California  – Notes and observations from Sunday’s final round of the AT and T Pebble Beach Pro Am, with Jordan Spieth shooting a bogey-free 70 while cruising to a four-shot win. For more coverage, click here for the Daily Wrap-up.


Jordan Spieth reached his ball, barely visible in the rough down the left side of the par-4 eighth fairway, and cringed. He flipped the bottle of water he had been sipping on toward his bag and gave caddie Michael Greller a status report. “Awful lie,” he said.
At that point, playing partner Brandt Snedeker had reduced Spieth’s lead from six shots to start the day to just four. Certainly no time to hit the panic button yet, but if there was ever a point the round might get away from him and provided a glimmer of hope to his pursuers, this was it.
Spieth contemplated his options. He had 210 yards to the hole, a breeze coming from his left, and, of course, that nasty lie. He had been a bit unlucky there – his tee shot had hit a spectator and dropped into the thick stuff instead of tracking into the trampled area beyond.
He pulled a hybrid, lined up toward the left bunker and played a little cut. “It wasn’t necessarily the smartest play,” he acknowledged later.
No worries. Spieth found the green, his ball settling 21 feet, 5 inches from the pin. He two-putted for par, kept his four-shot lead and kept hitting greens after that. (In all, he hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation). Though Kelly Kraft would climb within three shots on the back nine, Spieth never really sweated coming in as he cruised to his first AT and T Pebble Beach Pro-Am win and the ninth of his career.
“I’m not sure if it was on camera or not, but I was very, very excited once the ball landed on the green,” Spieth said about that decisive approach at 8. “That was really avoiding a big number there. That could have been a double or triple very, very easily if that doesn’t come out the right way.
“So that was the shot of the day for me.”

par 287
268 Jordan Spieth (USA) 68 65 65 70.
272 Kelly Kraft (USA) 69 70 66 67
273 Dustin Johnson (USA) 70 69 66 68
274 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 68 69 67 70

275 Jason Day (Australia) 69 64 75 67, Jon Rahm (Spn) 73 67 67 68 (T5)
280 Shane Lowry (Ireland) 70 68 72 70 (T14)
281 Luke Donald (England) 75 69 65 72 (T23)
283 Seamus Power (Ireland) 70 70 72 71, Justin Rose (England) 72 70 68 73

215 Martin Laird (Scotland) 71 73 71, Jim Furyk (USA) 70 74 71



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