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    Jordan Spieth bounces again from putt hiccup, rallies to win RBC Heritage

    Jordan Spieth hits out of the bunker on Sunday on the primary gap of the RBC Heritage playoff.

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    Admit it: You winced. 

    On the primary gap of a playoff on Sunday on the RBC Heritage, after hitting into the entrance greenside bunker on 18 at Harbour City Golf Hyperlinks, Jordan Spieth blasted out to 7 inches — and also you grew to become a bit uneasy. A day earlier on 18, Spieth missed from 11 ft. Then from 11 inches. And that adopted an analogous whiff on the Texas Open, simply two weeks earlier. 

    OK you possibly can open your eyes now, Spieth fan. Your man buried the putt. He buried his demons. There’s no woulda, coulda, shoulda. Spieth shot a five-under 66, watched a number of gamers volley forwards and backwards with the lead, then parred the primary gap of a playoff — on a 7-inch putt — whereas Patrick Cantlay bogeyed on his technique to his thirteenth PGA Tour title, and his first since final Easter. 

    After the Saturday missed putt, Spieth started Sunday three again, then shortly whittled down his deficit. He eagled the 549-yard, par-5 2nd on a hole-out from a greenside bunker. He eagled once more, on the 574-yard, par-5 fifth, this time on a 23-foot putt, and he was tied for the lead. 

    From there, a number of gamers all had an opportunity to hitch Spieth and Cantlay within the playoff — in the long run, third-round chief Harold Varner, Shane Lowry, Cam Davis, J.T. Poston, Cameron Younger, Sepp Straka and Matt Kuchar all completed a shot again of Spieth’s and Cantlay’s 13-under complete. 

    Erik van Rooyen briefly held a two-shot lead, then performed the again 9 at three-over. Straka held a share of the lead, then bogeyed the 18th. Lowry held a one-shot lead, then double-bogeyed the 198-yard, par-3 14th after chipping into the water from left of the inexperienced. Varner couldn’t make a birdie on the again 9. And Spieth and Cantlay took benefit. 

    Spieth cemented his 13-under spot with a birdie on 18, and Cantlay reached the quantity with a birdie on 17. On the primary gap of the playoff, every discovered the greenside bunker, then Spieth practically holed his, whereas Cantlay struggled along with his plugged lie and bogeyed.     

    And a number of Spieth followers exhaled. 

    The takeaway 

    Spieth’s newest swing adjustments appear to be taking maintain. Simply in time, too. 

    The leaderboard breakdown 

    — The leaderboard, after Saturday’s third spherical, reads like this: Harold Varner is at 11-under, Shane Lowry, Erik Van Rooyen and Patrick Cantlay are at 10-under, and Hudson Swafford, Matt Kuchar, Sepp Straka and Aaron Sensible are at nine-under. By the point Varner tees off, his lead is gone. Cam Davis is at 12-under, Varner and Cameron Younger are at 11-under, and J.T. Poston, Troy Merritt, Jordan Spieth, Sensible, Van Rooyen, Cantlay and Lowry are at 10-under. 

    — Spieth eagles the 574-yard, par-5 fifth — his second eagle of the spherical — and he jumps right into a share of the lead. Spieth, Davis and Younger are at 12-under, Poston and Varner are at 11-under, and Merritt, Sensible, Van Rooyen, Cantlay and Lowry are at 10-under. 

    — Van Rooyen birdies the 470-yard, par-4 third on a 16-foot putt, and he strikes right into a share of the lead. Van Rooyen, Spieth and Davis are at 12-under, Poston, Younger and Varner are at 11-under, and Billy Horschel, Sensible, Cantlay and Lowry are at 10-under. 

    — Van Rooyen birdies the 185-yard, par-3 4th on an 18-foot putt, and he takes a one-shot lead. He’s at 13-under, Spieth and Davis are at 12-under, Poston, Younger and Varner are at 11-under, and Corey Conners, Horschel, Straka, Sensible, Cantlay and Lowry are at 10-under. 

    — Spieth birdies the 461-yard, par-4 eighth — he’s now five-under by eight — and he strikes right into a share of the lead. Spieth and Van Rooyen are at 13-under, Davis is at 12-under, and Poston, Younger, Varner and Lowry are at 11-under. 

    — Van Rooyen birdies the fifth — his fourth-straight birdie — Spieth bogeys the 456-yard, par-4 ninth, and Van Rooyen takes a two-shot lead. Van Rooyen is at 14-under, Davis, Spieth and Lowry are at 12-under, and Poston, Younger, Straka, Cantlay and Varner are at 11-under. 

    — Van Rooyen bogeys the 199-yard, par-3 seventh after hitting his tee right into a greenside bunker, and he falls right into a share of the lead. Van Rooyen and Lowry are at 13-under, Davis, Poston and Straka are at 12-under, and Younger, Spieth, Sensible, Cantlay and Varner are at 11-under. 

    — Straka birdies the 456-yard, par-4 tenth on an 8-foot putt, and he strikes right into a share of the lead. Straka, Van Rooyen and Lowry are at 13-under, Davis, Poston and Younger are at 12-under, and Spieth, Sensible, Canlay, Varner and Kuchar are at 11-under. 

    — Van Rooyen birdies the 338-yard, par-4 ninth on a 7-foot putt, and he retakes the lead. He’s at 14-under, Straka and Lowry are at 13-under, and Davis, Poston and Younger are at 12-under. 

    — Van Rooyen bogeys the tenth after lacking the inexperienced to the proper on his second shot, and he drops out of the lead. Van Rooyen, Younger, Straka and Lowry are at 13-under, Davis, Poston, Spieth, Cantlay and Varner are at 12-under, and Sensible is at 11-under. 

    — Straka bogeys the 433-yard, par-4 twelfth and Younger bogeys the 169-yard, par-3 seventeenth, and so they drop out of the lead. Van Rooyen and Lowry are at 13-under, Davis, Poston, Younger, Spieth, Straka, Cantlay and Varner are at 12-under, and Sensible, Kuchar and Tommy Fleetwood are at 11-under. 

    — Cantlay birdies the 439-yard, par-4 eleventh after hitting to inside 2 ft on his second shot, and he strikes right into a share of the lead. Cantlay, Van Rooyen and Lowry are at 13-under, Davis, Poston, Younger, Spieth, Straka and Varner are at 12-under, and Fleetwood, Sensible and Kuchar are at 11-under. 

    — Lowry birdies the eleventh on a 20-foot putt, and he takes a one-shot lead. He’s at 14-under, Van Rooyen and Cantlay are at 13-under, and Davis, Poston, Younger, Spieth, Straka and Varner are at 12-under. 

    — Lowry double-bogeys the 198-yard, par-3 14th after chipping into the water to the proper of the inexperienced, and he falls out of the lead. Spieth now leads, at 13-under. At 12-under are Straka, Davis, Poston, Younger, Van Rooyen, Cantlay, Varner and Lowry. 

    — Straka birdies the seventeenth on a 34-foot putt, and he strikes right into a share of the lead. Straka and Spieth are at 13-under, and Davis, Poston, Younger, Van Rooyen, Cantlay, Varner and Lowry are at 12-under. 

    — Straka bogeys the 457-yard, par-4 18th after lacking the inexperienced left on his second shot, and he falls out of the lead. Spieth is at 13-under, and Davis, Poston, Younger, Straka, Cantlay, Varner and Lowry are at 12-under. 

    — Cantlay birdies the seventeenth on an 8-foot putt, and he strikes right into a share of the lead. Cantlay and Spieth are at 13-under, and Davis, Poston, Younger, Straka, Kuchar, Varner and Lowry are at 12-under. 

    — Cantlay misses a 12-footer for birdie on 18, and he stays tied for the lead. Cantlay and Spieth are at 13-under, and Davis, Poston, Younger, Straka, Kuchar, Varner and Lowry are at 12-under. 

    — Varner and Lowry don’t birdie the 18th, and Cantlay and Spieth transfer on to a playoff. On the primary gap of the playoff, again on 18th, Spieth and Cantlay hit into the entrance greenside bunker on their second pictures, Spieth hits to lower than a foot on his third, Cantlay can’t stand up and down from his plugged lie, and Spieth wins his thirteenth PGA Tour title. 

    The ultimate phrase 

    “I gained this golf event with out a putter. … I simply tried to remain gritty with it.” — Spieth on CBS after his victory  

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    Nick Piastowski

    Nick Piastowski
    Patacon.org Editor

    Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Patacon.org and Golf Journal. In his function, he’s accountable for enhancing, writing and growing tales throughout the golf house. And when he’s not writing about methods to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native might be taking part in the sport, hitting the ball left, proper and brief, and consuming a chilly beer to scrub away his rating. You possibly can attain out to him about any of those subjects — his tales, his sport or his beers — at [email protected]

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