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Spieth victorious in Texas

The 22-year-old Dallas native wins for the first time in the Lone Star State

Jordan 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.

It was the eighth career win for Spieth, the World’s No. 2-ranked player, and came in only his third tournament since blowing a five-stroke lead on the back nine last month when trying to win the Masters for the second year in a row. He will try to defend his U.S. Open title in three weeks at Oakmont.

At 17-under 263, Spieth finished three strokes ahead of Harris English (66) at the Dean & Deluca Invitational.

Spieth started the back nine with three consecutive birdies before his only bogey, which could have been much worse after going into a bunker well left of the par-3 13th and then blasting a shot over the green. Then at 14, after hitting his drive into a fairway bunker and shouting after his shot short of the green, he saved par with a 14-footer that rolled just to the right edge before falling into the cup.

After a 20-foot birdie at the par-3 16th, Spieth hit a wayward tee shot at the 17th. The ball ricocheted off the lower leg of a marshal and into the first cut of rough instead of much heavier stuff. Spieth signed a glove “Thanks” to the marshal, but his approach from 173 yards sailed over the green before he chipped in after relief from a temporary structure.

Nearly two months before his 23rd birthday, Spieth broke a tie with Tiger Woods for wins at age 22 or younger. The only player with more that young was Horton Smith with 14 from 1928-30.

With the first-prize check of $1.2 million, Spieth has earned more than $24 million on the PGA Tour.

“I wasn’t sure how long it would take to get over the hurdle of having to come in to every single interview room, having to listen to crowds only talk about what happened a month ago,” Spieth said. Spieth slipped on the red-plaid jacket that goes to all PGA Tour winners at Colonial. It wasn’t Augusta green, but it’ll do just nicely. “They both fit great,” he said. 

 

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