May 29 2011
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
IRVING, Texas – Jordan Spieth may have shown his age in the last four holes, but overall, the 17-year-old amateur still had an impressive week in his second start at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Spieth went bogey-double bogey-bogey-double bogey in the final four holes in Sunday’s final round. He wasn’t alone in his struggles at TPC Four Season Resort’s closing stretch, but it was a tough day for the high school graduate.
“I was humbled by the this back nine.” said Spieth, who will be a University of Texas freshman this fall. “ … It’s hard. It stings right now, it really does.”
Spieth shot a 7-over 77 in the final round to leave him at 6 over for the tournament. He was still 1 over through 14 holes, which still gave him hope to make a move. Instead, he just moved backwards.
“I’m proud of the way I hung in there until the last four holes,” Spieth said.
Spieth started the final round just four shots off the lead. But a bogey at the opening hole was a foreshadow of struggles to come. Spieth eventually posted three double bogeys on the day, along with five bogeys.
But he also had four birdies, and 20 overall for the week. Defending champion Jason Day led the field this week in birdies with 22.
Another big crowd followed Spieth, who had big troubles off the tee Sunday. He hit just four of 14 fairways.
“I was everywhere today,” Spieth said. “I probably played a shot left-handed. I hit probably 30 trees. … It just wasn’t there with the driver today. Had I hit some fairways today, I think I could’ve shot a couple under and had a good shot.”
Last year in this event as a 16-year-old, Spieth became the sixth-youngest player to make a cut at a PGA TOUR event and eventually finished tied for 16th.