KIAWAH ISLAND, SC – Jordan Spieth knew that as soon as the ball left his clubface – he caught a plane.

Turning left to right, his ball landed on the right edge and leapt onto the 18th green.

“It’s so dead over there,” Spieth growled at younger Michael Greller. “Absolutely so screwed up there.”

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And he was right, of course. His ball was tucked away next to a sprinkler head, and although he got free relief, his fall wasn’t in a much more playable position – the rough collar behind his ball, a steep slope in front. him, a small green to work on. with. He chopped his throw at 10 feet and missed the putt by, a sour note to end his hard-fought 73.

Spieth is chatty in the mildest of conditions, but a steady 15mph breeze meant a constant flow of conversation. Much of his comments were about bad breaks – an unlucky kick in the rough, a putt that didn’t break somehow – but nothing about what happened on Thursday did. cost him a chance in history. He only managed 39 feet of putts (losing nearly two field shots to the greens), but fell only six shots from first leader Corey Conners in his bid to become the sixth player to win the Grand Career slam.

Playing in the late wave, Spieth had a quick turnaround: he finished his day around 7:30 p.m. Thursday and started again at 8:33 a.m.

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