Spieth banishes Masters nightmare with Colonial win

Spieth banishes Masters nightmare with Colonial win
Spieth had to endure taunts from the spectators, reminding him of his Masters debacle.

Washington - Jordan finished on a 17-under 263 for a three-stroke victory


Published: Mon 30 May 2016, 10:21 PM

Last updated: Tue 31 May 2016, 12:15 AM

Shaking off a Masters meltdown as he prepares to defend his US Open crown, world No. 2 Jordan Spieth birdied the last three holes to win the Dean and Deluca Invitational.
The 22-year-old Texan won his first home-state US PGA title in astonishing fashion, firing a five-under par 65 final round at Colonial to finish on 17-under 263 for a three-stroke victory.
Spieth led last month's Masters with nine holes remaining and appeared set for a second consecutive wire-to-wire victory at Augusta National, only to collapse on the back nine and hand England's Danny Willett the green jacket, literally doing so at the award ceremony with a grim facial expression.
"I knew it was going to be tough to put the Masters behind me," Spieth said. "I don't wish that on anybody. It's no fun out there when you hear people yelling, 'Remember the Masters.'
"To get over that hurdle in our third tournament back says a lot about our character out there."
Since his major stumble, Spieth has battled back in May, missing the cut at the Players Championship and falling out of the hunt with a last-day fade at last week's Byron Nelson Championship only to save his best for last at Fort Worth. "As much as you play it off, that's a tough hump to get over, after Augusta," Spieth said.
Spieth, who defends his US Open title next month at Oakmont, curled in a 20-foot birdie putt at the par-3 16th Sunday to seize the lead for good, pumping his right fist with excitement.
At 17, Spieth found the rough on his first two shots but chipped his third into the cup, a stunning 42-foot pitch that brought a shocked smile to his face.
To complete his closing hat trick, Spieth dropped a 34-foot birdie putt at 18 and raised in arms in celebration.
"It was difficult to stay patient but that's the thing we told ourselves to do," Spieth said.
Harris English fired a 66 to finish second on 266 with Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson on 267 and Kyle Reifers fifth on 268.
The only non-US player in the top 10 was India's Anirban Lahiri, who shared sixth on 271 after a 68.
Spieth opened with nine pars, making a 32-foot par putt at the par-3 eighth for his most amazing rescue, then began the back nine with three birdies in a row to seize the lead.

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