Jordan Spieth’s Valero Texas Open title defense didn’t go as planned. But he has an idea of what he needs to do next week for a second green jacket.
After three rounds in the ’70s at TPC San Antonio, Spieth closed with a bogey-free 67 to finish outside the top 30. He’ll bring that momentum to Augusta National, where he knows what part of his game he needs to improve.
“I just have to address the putting, that’s all,” Spieth said after his round. “Everything else is – I mean, I hadn’t – I mean, I missed nine putts from under 6 feet this week. It’s really, really bad. So I have to find a feel for the stroke that makes me feel comfortable everywhere. wasn’t just – I also missed a lot of mid-rangers. It was the worst I’ve ever run in a professional event.
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The 28-year-old Texan ranked last in Valero’s field in strokes gained: putting, losing 7,176 strokes with the flatstick over four days. In the second round, Spieth threw three putts from 3 feet.
Once among the best putters in the game, Spieth ranks T-141 in Strokes Gained: Putting this season on the Tour. Last season, in which he enjoyed a resurgent year – ending a 1,351-day winless drought at San Antonio and posting four more top-5 finishes, including at the Masters (T-3) and the Open (second) – he was 33rd on the Tour in strokes gained: putting.