Spieth makes stunning comeback

WIZARD ON THE GREEN: World number two Jordan Spieth, who turns 23 in July, earned his eighth career PGA Tour victory on Sunday with six back-nine birdies.


    May 31, 2016

    Spieth makes stunning comeback


    JORDAN Spieth exhibited his short-game wizardry with six back-nine birdies to claim the Colonial tournament on Sunday for his eighth career PGA Tour victory before his 23rd birthday, an impressive run that is one better than Tiger Woods managed at that age.

    The emphatic win not only gave Spieth, who turns 23 on July 27, his first win in his home state after three second-place showings in Texas, but the performance came in his third start since his back-nine collapse at the Masters last month.

    He carded a closing 65 at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth for a 17-under total of 263, good for a three-shot cushion over fellow American Harris English (66).

    Only the late Horton Smith, with 14, recorded more wins than Spieth at 22 or younger.

    Spieth, the world number two, opened with three straight birdies on his back nine and closed with three straight birdies. On his final three holes, he curled in a 20-foot birdie putt, chipped in from 40 feet and punctuated his performance with a 35-foot putt on the closing hole.

    He also received a little help from the golfing gods. With a one-stroke lead on 17, Spieth received a break when his pulled tee shot glanced off the leg of a marshal and finished in the first cut of rough. He drilled his approach shot over the green and received a free drop from a grandstand.

    "Seventeen was one of the luckiest holes I've ever had personally," Spieth said.

    "I hit a guy in the side and it goes in the first cut, get a drop and chip in. If I'm playing against me I'd be pretty upset."

    Spieth, who also made lengthy par putts at eight and 14, became the first Texan to win the Colonial since Ben Crenshaw in 1990.

    He understands why golf fans and media have talked at length about his performance at the Masters, where he threw away the green jacket with a quadruple-bogey at the 12th hole during the final round.

    But Spieth kept telling himself over the ensuing weeks to tune out the incessant babble. "Don't listen to the noise," he told himself.