Jordan Spieth (9/2 – Tournament Outright) believes he can overcome the three-shot deficit to leader Sam Burns (7/5) if he’s patient on the final day of the AT&T Byron Nelson on Sunday.
Texan Spieth is hoping to win in his home state this weekend but he has plenty of work to do if he is to be victorious at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney with Burns, on -20, one shot clear of South Korean Kyoung-Hoon Lee (5/1) at the top of the leaderboard.
Spieth fired an opening 63 to share the first-round lead before a 70 on Friday saw him slip six shots off the pace. He improved on Saturday with six birdies in nine holes after the sixth getting him right back into contention.
However, he three-putted at both the 15th and 16th as things took a turn for the worse before rescuing his round with a superb long-range downhill putt on the last for an eagle.
That meant he signed for a six-under 66 to move him to 17-under for the tournament and Spieth insists if he can sort out the inconsistency he showed on the greens he should be in with a chance of victory.
“I just need to get a little more solid in my stroke,” he said in quotes carried by Sky Sports. “I had an adjustment in my set-up today and actually trusted it the whole round, but I opened up a little bit and got worried on a couple missing left, so I ended up pushing them right.
“So it’s just stuff that comes with more reps. That’s really all it is. The rest of the game is really solid. It’s just kind of if I was putting as well as I do in tournaments that I win, we would have a number of strokes better right now. Hopefully I can make up for that (on Sunday).
“If I just have the attitude to go out and be really patient, wait for it to come to me, play the easy holes well, and wait for your chances, I think there is still a six- or seven-under out there.”
Alongside Spieth in a four-way tie for third on -17 going into the final day are Charl Schwartzel (10/1 – Tournament Outright), Matt Kuchar (10/1) and Alex Noren (14/1), while Seamus Power (45/1) and Doc Redman are a shot back on -16 overall.