Spieth continues brilliant form to grab Houston Open lead

Sat Apr 4, 2015 6:36pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Texan Jordan Spieth continued his sizzling form when he surged to a one-stroke lead after the third round at the Houston Open on Saturday.

Playing in front of his parents and sister, the 21-year-old compiled six birdies, punctuated by a 40-foot putt from the fringe at the 16th hole, on his way to a five-under-par 67 at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble.

He posted a 14-under 202 total with one round left, while fellow Americans Austin Cook (70), Johnson Wagner (66) and Scott Piercy (66) were equal second on 13-under.

Phil Mickelson (75) and halfway leader Andrew Putnam (76) plunged six shots off the pace after struggling in a north-easterly breeze that provided a stern test.

World number four Spieth has been the hottest player in the world the past five months, but he was not ready to plan his victory speech.

“I drove the ball extremely well today to give myself some chances coming in,” he told Golf Channel.

“I’m not going to think about being up one. I’m going to think about playing the golf course.

“It’s a bunched leaderboard. I’m going to have to make a lot of putts, shoot a good solid under-par round to have a chance to win.”

Spieth won the Valspar Classic in Florida three weeks ago, one of three worldwide victories in his past 10 starts. Only twice in that stretch has he finished worse than seventh.   Continued...

Apr 4, 2015; Humble, TX, USA; Jordan Spieth tees off during the third round of the Shell Houston Open at Golf Club of Houston - The Tournament Course. Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports