PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth’s doing Jordan Spieth things again.
That doesn’t bode well for his colleagues.
Spieth, following a commanding performance among a collection of celebrities and sports stars Saturday at Pebble Beach, in which he one-putted 13 times and shot 65 to arm himself with a 6-shot lead after 54 holes, kept his opposition at bay above Stillwater Cove and Carmel Bay and coasted to victory Sunday in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
The world No. 6 didn’t have to do anything spectacular in the final round with such a large cushion in hand and just had to stay away from big mistakes to stifle drama and claim his ninth PGA Tour title. While he didn’t deliver his best on Sunday, he still shot a bogey-free, 2-under-par 70 and felt little pressure on a spectacular day by the sea.
Only 2011 U.S. Amateur champion and good friend Kelly Kraft came within three shots of Spieth over the final 18 holes.
“Today I hit 17 greens, sort of a dream round when you’re leading by a bunch. It was sort of boring golf,” said Spieth, who joined Tiger Woods as the only players since World War II with nine PGA Tour wins before turning 24 (Woods won 15). The win came in Spieth’s 100th start as a pro on the Tour (Woods won 28 of his first 100).
But boring was just fine.
“That was the game plan,” Spieth said. “We got to every tee box and Michael (Greller, his caddie) said, ‘Keep playing boring golf.’ I don’t like playing boring golf but it worked out.”
While his putter cooled — he left so many putts short that he started muttering to Greller — Spieth finished with rounds of 68-65-65-70 to wind up at 19-under 268 and four shots clear of Kraft, who closed with a 67.
Dustin Johnson (68) finished five back in third while two-time Pebble winner Brandt Snedeker (70) finished six back in fourth. Gary Woodland made a career-best 10 birdies to shoot 65 and finished at 12 under and in a tie for fifth with world No. 1 Jason Day (67) and Jon Rahm (68).
It was Spieth’s first win on the PGA Tour since the Dean & DeLuca Invitational last May and his first win since the Australian Open in November on the Australasia Tour. Just as importantly, the two-time major champion and green jacket winner in 2015 gathered momentum as the clock ticks down to the Masters in April.
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