Jordan Spieth (7/1 – Outright Winner) says he is confident he can “shoot a good score” in Sunday’s final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge as he looks to return to the winners’ circle for the first time since July 2017.
Former world number one Spieth enjoyed a purple patch from 2015-2017, winning three major titles (the Masters and US Open in 2015 and the 2017 Open) and the 2015 Tour Championship among other successes.
However, since lifting the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale, where he held off fellow American Matt Kuchar by three strokes, the Texas-born star has failed to add to his tally of 11 PGA Tour wins.
It has been an arduous period for the 26-year-old, who has struggled with various aspects of his game, but he does have a chance to end his barren run at Colonial Country Club on Sunday.
Spieth made four birdies and two bogeys in round three on Saturday, moving him into a five-way share of second on -12 alongside South African Branden Grace (14/1) and the US trio of Gary Woodland (9/1), Justin Thomas (9/2) and Collin Morikawa (8/1).
That quintet are sitting just one shot behind leader Xander Schauffele (7/2 FAV), who nailed a 12-footer for birdie at the last on Saturday to move into the outright lead on -13.
Schauffele is looking for his fifth PGA Tour title and his first of the campaign, having suffered play-off losses to Rory McIlroy in November and then Thomas in January, although the overnight leader is 0-for-3 when trying to close out a 54-hole lead in his career.
That inability to see out the win when leading going into the final day will offer hope to those slightly further back, with American pair Daniel Berger (22/1) and Harold Varner III (28/1) sharing seventh place on -11.
Northern Irishman McIlroy (12/1), who could extend his consecutive top-five finish streak to eight events in a row, headlines a star-studded group a further stroke back on -10 that includes Englishman Justin Rose (22/1), Mexican Abraham Ancer (50/1), Canadian Corey Conners (60/1), and the US duo of Patrick Reed and (20/1) Bryson DeChambeau (20/1).
Of the top-14 players on the leaderboard, only two haven’t lifted a trophy on the PGA Tour (Varner and Ancer) while six of those – Spieth, Rose, Woodland, Thomas, Reed and McIlroy – are major champions.
It promises to be an entertaining finish in Fort Worth and Spieth, a winner at Colonial in 2016, feels there have been big improvements in his game this week and he is confident of putting in another solid round on Sunday.
He was quoted as saying by The Guardian. “I like the progression I’ve been able to make. I feel comfortable going into tomorrow that I can shoot a good score.”