Disappointment for Spieth after another close call

Sun May 11, 2014 9:59pm EDT
 
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) - Having established himself as the most exciting young prospect in the game, Jordan Spieth was left bitterly disappointed after suffering another near miss at the Players Championship on Sunday.

A month after slipping back into a tie for second at the Masters where he led by two shots early on in the final round, the 20-year-old American again relinquished an outright lead as he faded into a share of fourth place at the TPC Sawgrass.

Five bogeys in 11 holes from the fifth led to his undoing as Spieth, aiming to become the youngest champion at the PGA Tour event widely regarded as the unofficial fifth major, had to settle for a closing two-over-par 74.

"I got off to a good start again and felt great," the Texan, who had briefly moved one stroke in front with birdies at the second and fourth, told reporters. "Obviously nerves were there, but I felt a little more comfortable today.

"I got a couple birdies early ... I was 14 under, and then the winning score is 13 under. I was there during part of the round, so that's tough to swallow.

"I just left myself in tough positions on approach shots and just got a little quick. I would have had to have putted out of my mind with the places I was leaving myself."

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May 11, 2014; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Jordan Spieth reacts after his tee shot on the 8th hole during the final round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports