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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 251
W HEN Jordan Spieth secured victory at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February, it was due in significant part to some sage advice from his caddie, Michael Greller. “Keep playing boring golf,” Spieth recalled Greller telling him on almost every tee as the pair protected a six-shot lead, turning the event into something of a Sunday snooze-fest. Though the pressure of keeping things together on Sunday at Pebble Beach doesn’t hold a candle to the crushing weight of trying to do the same at a major, for a man whose last 54-hole lead at one of the big four was at the 2016 Masters – when he squandered a five-shot lead on the back nine – closing out at Pebble one was a therapeutic step. And he certainly kept things boring, carding a 2-under 70 after two-putting on almost every hole. What Spieth would have given for that same dull conclusion on Sunday at the Open Championship, as he entered the final 18 holes with a three-stroke lead over Matt Kuchar. Eighteen pars would have done nicely, thank you very much. If only. It didn’t take long for those Masters-born doubts – that Spieth swore were ancient history – to materialise. It took about 45 minutes, in fact, as the former world No.1 bogeyed three of his first four holes to drop back into a tie for the lead with Kuchar and on an apparent slide towards the abyss. “It creeps into your head. I was so confident and all of a sudden the wheels have come off everything,” Spieth said afterwards. “How do we get back on track to salvage this round and just give yourself a chance at the end?”
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