Frustrated Spieth seeks Sunday spark to lift Singapore bid

Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:38pm EST
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By Patrick Johnston

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - World number one Jordan Spieth admitted he was guilty of rushing and not playing smart as he left himself a five-shot deficit to overhaul on the final day of the Singapore Open on Sunday.

The American double major winner sped through the closing holes of his third round at the weather-hit event on Saturday in a bid to avoid an early Sunday resumption, but his rapid play proved in vein as fading light halted proceedings on the 17th.

He returned to the Sentosa Golf Club at 7:30 a.m. (2330 GMT) on Sunday and his first shot was a missed par putt but he then managed to birdie the last to sign for a one-under-par 70 and six-under total, five adrift of leader Song Young-han (69).

"Very frustrating Friday and Saturday rounds just not making right decisions," the 22-year-old Texan told reporters.

"I am just rushing myself, trying to do too much and trying to think this golf course is going to yield an eight-under like its nothing but it does not.

"So we are going to play the last round differently and take a lot of confidence off the finish today," he added.

"I have got to hit as many greens in regulation as possible, I just have not done that. When I say greens in regulation I am going to hit it on the correct tiers as much as possible. I have been out of too many holes this week to get anything going.

"All it takes is a little bit of a spark, a little confidence with my ball striking to make sure I have got that distance control down and the putting will come."   Continued...

Jordan Spieth of the U.S. tees off on the 18th green during the rain delayed second round of the SMBC Singapore Open golf tournament at Sentosa's Serapong golf course in Singapore January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su