PEBBLE BEACH — It’s now 78 tournaments and counting without a win for Jordan Spieth.
The 2017 winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am lost his two-stroke, 54-hole lead and tied for third Sunday with Patrick Cantlay at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
It was Spieth’s second consecutive strong finish. And he accentuated the positive, despite not claiming his 12th career win and first title since 2017 at either tournament.
“If I look back at Friday night of San Diego and you tell me I was going to share the 54 and have the 54-hole lead two weeks in a row and really just fight, finish strong to both weeks, I would have said you’re crazy, to be honest,” said Spieth.
“I was not in a great headspace following that missed cut there and just did some really phenomenal work from Sunday through Wednesday of last week that was probably the best period of a few days of work that I’ve put in in a long time.”
Spieth’s ninth appearance at the AT&T including holing out from the fairways, once on Friday and again on Saturday en route to assuming the lead.
Despite his improvement, Spieth said he needs to improve his game, not his outlook.
“No, it’s not mental, he said. “I’m as confident as I’ve been in a long time. Not only the current outlook but also looking forward. So it’s still mechanics. It’s still dragging on. It’s still going too long and therefore getting late into the ball.
“I made some really, really good swings this week under pressure and I made some not so good swings under pressure and there were more good ones than there were last week. So as I go into next week at arguably my favorite golf course in the world, at Riviera, I look to have more swings that I know are getting into position.”
Odds and ends
Patrick Cantlay’s tie for third ended a week that started when he joined an elite fraternity and ended with confidence. Cantlay joined David Duval and Tom Kite with his recording-tying course round 62. He finished with a 68, rallying from rounds of 73 and 70 and finished in a third-place tie with Jordan Spieth.
“I played really well; I hit the ball really well,” said Cantlay. “I had a good up-and-down there on 7, just didn’t get all the putts that I needed to go in. I didn’t get them to go in today.
“All parts of my game are really good and I really love Riviera, so I’m going to go down there next week, get rested over the next couple of days, and know that my game’s in a good spot.”
Jason Day had four sub-70 rounds, including three 69s and a 68. He tied for seventh with four others at 13 under. Day is seeking his 13th PGA Tour career title. His last was the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship.
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