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Jordan Spieth’s testing week at Royal Troon continued on Saturday in the 2016 British Open, as he scrapped his way to a one-over par round of 72 and a score of five-over par for the tournament.

Having started the day on four-over par for the tournament, Spieth got off to a flyer, with four birdies in the first seven holes. But the course’s treacherous turn and brutal back nine proved tough to master for the 22-year-old, as he dropped five shots from the ninth to tumble back down the leaderboard.

The American endured a difficult day on Friday, as he shot 75 and only just made the cut for the weekend following an opening round of 71.

Here is the two-time major winner’s scorecard from Day 3 and a detailed look at his round at Royal Troon.

Jordan Spieth’s Round 3 Scorecard
Par 4 4 4 5 3 5 4 3 4 36
Score 3 4 3 5 3 4 3 3 5 33
To Par +3 +3 +2 +2 +2 +1 E E +1
Par 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 35
Score 5 6 4 4 3 5 5 3 4 39
To Par +2 +4 +4 +4 +4 +5 +5 +5 +5

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This is how things currently stand at the British Open:

    

Spieth Fails to Make Strong Start Count

After his disappointing showing on Friday, the 22-year-old said he felt like “one or seven pints afterwards,” per the Neil McLeman of the Daily Mirror. So it was no surprise to see Spieth play in aggressive fashion on Saturday morning.

He got off to a brilliant start, knocking in a birdie at the first. It was a putt that seemed to enliven Spieth, who embarked on a prosperous run from this point.

As noted by Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News, another birdie followed at the third, and the youngster was looking much more at home in the windy conditions:

Another chance for birdie slipped by at the par-five fourth after a disappointing three-putt. But Spieth was swinging very well at this juncture, and following a par at the fifth, he hit a fine approach into the the par-five sixth, with his eagle putt coming just short.


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Spieth started his round with purpose.

A birdie was not to be sniffed at, though, and another followed at the seventh, as Spieth pinged a superb drive to within yards of the green. He two-putted to pick up a shot and was back at level par for the tournament.

As noted by golf journalist Rex Hoggard, it was an impressive start for the American after his Friday troubles:

After he made double bogey at the eighth on Day 2, Spieth would have been delighted to make par on Saturday. However, Troon’s tough finish struck early for the world No. 3.

A bogey at the ninth was the first blemish on his card, as a putt from four feet slipped by. A difficult back nine loomed, and it started in sloppy style, with another putt for par from close range failing to find the bottom of the cup. Spieth’s good early work was in danger of coming undone.

At the 11th Spieth ran into more problems. As we can see courtesy of Townsend, he pitched over the green and eventually took a double bogey:

Have plunged back down to four over, Spieth regained his composure over the next three holes with consecutive pars. Troon bared it’s teeth again at the 15th, though. As we can see courtesy of Townsend, he faced a very difficult second shot after a haphazard drive:

From that position the American could only make bogey, before good work at the par five 16th was wasted, as a good chance for a birdie drifted past.

Spieth was unfortunate with a long putt at 17, which would have been a birdie with one more roll. On the last, he spliced his tee shot to the right but recovered well to make par and finish up on 72.


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Spieth struggled against the elements on the back nine.

As noted by the Guardian‘s Ewan Murray, it’s been a long time since Spieth shot a round under par in a major:

Afterwards, he admitted he’s struggling with the putter on the Troon greens, per Mike McAllister of PGATour.com:

If Spieth felt like drinking seven pints on Friday night, he’ll feel like a few more on Saturday. Although he played better on Day 3, some poor putts were missed and basic errors made on the run for home, which will be a source of huge frustration.

Any slender chances of challenging for the title have faded with this round and that’ll be a big disappointment to Spieth. However, this chastening week will be a key learning experience for a player still in the early stages of his career.



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