Jordan Spieth seemed to be making a run at his first win since the 2017 British Open. But it all fell apart for the 25-year old Texan on the back-nine at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Just two shots off the lead through 12 holes, Spieth’s troubles began on the par-4 13th hole, starting with a tee shot that hit a tree, and ending with a putt for a double-bogey 6.
He gained a shot back on the par-5 14th hole, but then bogeyed No. 17 and made a mess of the very scoreable par-5 18th, which included a tee shot that landed in the ocean, and another that hit a hospitality tent, en route to a double-bogey 7.
Spieth will now enter Sunday’s finale of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am tied for 18th-place on 7-under par, eight shots off the pace of Paul Casey, and five back of Phil Mickelson.
“I’m very frustrated. If I just go par-par, I’m essentially still in this tournament with what’s forecasted tomorrow,” said Spieth, who hasn’t landed in the top-10 since blowing the 54-hole lead at the 2018 British Open.
“I kind of threw myself out of the tournament. So, yeah, it will affect me for awhile. By the time I tee it up tomorrow, it will be a new goal set for the day.”
That “new goal” will probably be a top-10 finish as Spieth was just two back of a logjam at 9 under.