Print Edition - 2017-06-26 | Sports
Spieth retains PGA Travelers lead
Jun 26, 2017-
Jordan Spieth birdied three of the last four holes, including the la.st with a dramatic 20-foot putt, to grab a one-stroke lead after Saturday’s third round of the US PGA Travelers Championship.
Sixth-ranked Spieth, the 2015 Masters and US Open champion, shook off back-to-back bogeys at 13 and 14 with a sizzling finish, curling in his final putt for a four-under 66 to reach 12-under 198 after 54 holes. The 23-year-old American, who won earlier this year at Pebble Beach, could complete a wire-to-wire triumph and claim his 10th PGA title.
Boo Weekley fired a 65 to stand second on 199 with Daniel Berger third on 201. Taiwan’s CT Pan fired the day’s low round, a 64, to join England’s Paul Casey and Sweden’s David Lingmerth in fourth on 202.
Spieth began the day with a one-stroke edge and five opening pars solidified his spot. He found a bunker at the par-3 fifth but sank a clutch 15-foot par putt to stay ahead. Spieth followed with birdies at the sixth and seventh.
But Spieth closed the front nine with a bogey and seconds later Charley Hoffman completed an eagle-birdie-birdie run by sinking a five-foot birdie putt at 15 to seize the lead by one at 10-under. Spieth responded with birdies at the 10th and 11th to reach 11-under, jumping back in front as Hoffman made double bogey at the par-3 16th and closed bogey-bogey.
A splashdown second shot for Spieth at the par-5 13th led to a bogey, trimming his edge to one stroke over Daniel Berger. But Spieth missed the green on his approach at 14 and missed a six-foot par putt to fall into a share of the lead with Berger and Weekley. Again Spieth answered the challenge, firing his tee shot at the par-4 15th into a greenside bunker, then blasting out inches from the cup for a tap-in birdie to reclaim sole possession of the lead at 10-under.
Spieth then sank a five-foot birdie putt at the par-3 16th to share the lead with Weekley at 11-under after his rival’s birdie-birdie finish, setting up his dramatic go-ahead birdie at 18. Third-ranked Rory McIlroy, who made the cut on the number, switched to a half-mallet putter as he searched for better results on the greens. He shot 70 with two birdies and two bogeys to stand on 210.
Published: 26-06-2017 08:49