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SportHometown star Spieth stays hot, 1 behind Finau at Colonial

03:10  24 may  2019
03:10  24 may  2019 Source:   ap.org

Spieth grouped with Kisner, Palmer at Colonial

Spieth grouped with Kisner, Palmer at Colonial Hometown favorite Jordan Spieth will play the first two rounds at Colonial alongside Kevin Kisner and Ryan Palmer as Justin Rose defends his title.

Spieth won at Colonial after birdieing the last three holes Sunday for a 5-under 65, including a chip-in from behind the 17th green following a fortunate bounce off a marshal. He punctuated his first PGA Tour victory in Texas with a closing 34-foot putt when needing only a bogey to win.

With an impressive back nine at Colonial , Spieth won at home in Texas for the first time on the PGA Tour. He had three consecutive birdies after making the turn, and three more in a row to finish his 5-under 65 on Sunday, including a chip-in birdie from behind the 17th green after a fortunate bounce off

Hometown star Spieth stays hot, 1 behind Finau at Colonial© Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Spieth plays his shot from the 18th tee during the first round the Charles Schwab Challenge golf tournament at Colonial Country Club on May 23, 2019.


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- If Jordan Spieth is going to end a victory drought that's approaching two years, the three-time major winner picked a good place to give himself a chance.

Spieth opened with a 5-under 65 at Colonial on Thursday in his second Texas homecoming in three weeks -- coming off his best finish of the season at the PGA Championship -- and trailed Tony Finau by one shot. Roger Sloan joined Spieth in the tie for second.

Spieth builds on PGA momentum with opening 65 at Schwab

Spieth builds on PGA momentum with opening 65 at Schwab Fresh off a T-3 finish at the PGA Championship, Jordan Spieth rode a hot putter to an opening 65 at Colonial that left him one shot off the early lead.

Spieth birdied his final three holes, chipping in from behind the 17th green and closing with a 34-foot putt, and shot a 5-under 65 on Sunday to win by three. Colonial member Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson tied for third, both shooting 68 while in the final group with Spieth to finish at 13 under.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jordan Spieth has always considered Colonial a hometown In his three-stroke Colonial win two years ago, Spieth 's punctuating 34-foot putt was his sixth birdie in He also had a chip-in from behind the 17th green after getting relief because his approach shot landed

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Back when he was collecting trophies regularly three years ago, Spieth won on the cozy course made famous by Ben Hogan, and that was between a pair of second-place finishes in Fort Worth. So when it comes to feeling good about his game, Spieth's in the right place, just a few miles from his hometown of Dallas.

But the former Texas Longhorn didn't necessarily have to be here, a week after tying for third at the PGA for his first top 20 this season.

"I didn't put it above or below any other week," said Spieth, whose last victory was the 2017 British Open. "I know my game has been progressing. I've been saying that for the last month or six weeks or so. Results just end up coming when I actually start playing better golf. Simply put, that's just what I've been doing."

Na goes low at Colonial again with 62, trails Blixt by 1

Na goes low at Colonial again with 62, trails Blixt by 1 Jonas Blixt holed out from 132 yards for eagle on No. 17, highlighting a 6-under 64 that gave him the second-round lead at Colonial. Blixt was 9 under after his bogey-free round, one stroke better than Kevin Na and first-round leader Tony Finau. Na shot 8-under 62 for his third score at least that low in his past six rounds on the cozy course made famous by Ben Hogan. Finau had a 68. Jordan Spieth shot 70 and was five back.

Webb hot on the greens. A few numbers to show just how well Webb Simpson – 8 under through two rounds -- is putting this week Finau shot a 3-under 67 and is 5 under through two rounds. He said Colonial ’s tight layout and premium on accuracy off the tee hasn’t taken driver out of his hands.

Utah native Tony Finau took the Path Never Traveled to become the first Tongan on the PGA Tour. In 2018, he will tee up in every major tournament, starting with his first trip to the Masters in Augusta, Georgia. 21 years after watching Tiger tame the Masters, former West High star gets his shot.

Defending champion Justin Rose, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3, shot 74 with four bogeys on the back nine.

The other four players from the top 10 in the field also were over par: No. 7 Francesco Molinari (1-over 71), eighth-ranked Bryson DeChambeau (72), No. 9 Xander Schauffele (76) and 10th-ranked Rickie Fowler (74).

J.J. Henry, who played in college for Colonial neighbor TCU, and two-time Colonial runner-up Jason Dufner were among nine at 67. Ryan Palmer had the only bogey-free round on his home course, finishing at 68 with seven others.

Spieth kick-started his round by chipping in for birdie on the par-3 13th, his fourth hole of the round. He ended up with seven birdies in a span of 10 holes, the other highlight a 46-foot putt on No. 4.

A double bogey at 18, with a second shot into the water left of the green, finished Spieth's front nine and was the only thing between him and the lead as he tries to keep climbing in the world rankings. Spieth jumped nine spots to 30th after the PGA.

Na settles for 69, 2-shot Colonial lead over Spieth, Furyk

Na settles for 69, 2-shot Colonial lead over Spieth, Furyk Kevin Na settled for a 1-under 69 a day after going low at Colonial again, taking a two-shot lead after the third round over a group that included local favorite Jordan Spieth and 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk. Na recovered from a double bogey at the par-5 11th that cost him the lead, steadying himself over the final seven holes to finish 9 under.

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Spieth wins at Colonial for first Texas victory. If not there, I honestly think he just might stay away until December, when he hosts his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. 4. Tony Finau hit a spectator this week at Colonial and then showed up at her door with flowers and chocolate.

"I think the course fits me well," said Spieth, who tied for 29th in his hometown tournament, the Byron Nelson, two weeks ago. "It seems to have fit me well whether I've had form coming in or not. I know which spots to play to. I don't try and do too much."

Finau, who hasn't finished higher than 60th in three tournaments since tying for fifth at the Masters, had five birdies over seven holes before closing with five straight pars. His best Colonial finish was a tie for 19th in his debut four years ago.

After changing his putting grip following a closing 79 at the PGA, Finau had four birdie putts from 19 feet or longer while hitting just three of 14 fairways. He avoided a second bogey with a chip-in on the par-3 16th.

"I didn't know I only hit three fairways," said Finau, the last of the nine top 20 players in the field at No. 16. "I still felt like I could hit most of the greens from wherever position I was."

Sloan, a Canadian living in Houston who hadn't been to Colonial before this week, had a steady round with three birdies on each side. He said his swing coach thought the cozy layout would fit the 32-year-old's game. He hasn't played on Sunday in five straight tournaments, missing the initial cut in the first four.

Kevin Na cruises to 4-shot Colonial win with final-round 66

Kevin Na cruises to 4-shot Colonial win with final-round 66 Kevin Na birdied four of the first eight holes and shot a 4-under 66 to cruise to a four-shot victory over Tony Finau at Colonial on Sunday.The South Korean-born American opened with a two-shot lead and was in front by at least that many for the final 16 holes after putting his second shot inside 5 feet for birdie at the par-4 second. Na finished 13 under. RELATED: Schwab Challenge results Na's third career PGA Tour victory, and second in 10 months, came after putting himself in contention with a second-round 62, one off the Colonial record.

Spieth is playing with a prototype Futura T5W Tour Only putter, which is far different in appearance than Spieth ’s old Scotty Cameron 009 prototype. The T5W putter is one of seven in the Futura line released this year , and Spieth 's first putt with it in competition fell for a birdie. Yes, it was from two

Milton Pouha "Tony" Finau (born September 14, 1989) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour. Finau was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.

"That's the tendency every year for me, get off to a good start, go into a little bit of a lull," said Sloan, whose only victory was on the Canadian tour in 2011. "So I'm pleased that I was able to turn things around heading into the last little kick of the regular season."

Kevin Kisner, playing with Spieth two years after edging him by a stroke to win Colonial, shot 72.

Of the 12 players atop the leaderboard, 11 played in the morning. Conditions toughened later with temperatures reaching 90 in steady 20 mph winds.

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