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Unlike Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth made the cut at the 2017 U.S. Open. He just left without much to show for it.
The former world No. 1 shot a three-under 69 in his final round Sunday, going into the clubhouse in a tie for 38th place and 13 shots off the lead. Leader Brian Harman, who sits at 12 under, had not even teed off by the time Spieth finished his round.
This is the fifth consecutive major where Spieth has placed outside the top 10, including three finishes of 30th or worse (assuming his current place on the leaderboard holds). It’s been a hard mean regression after Spieth went five straight majors placing no worse than fourth, starting with the 2015 Masters.
Teeing off among the morning groups, Spieth played his most consistent round of the tournament Sunday to little fanfare. He fired off consecutive birdies to start his round before settling in for a run of pars to make the turn at two under.
After dropping a stroke on the par-four 12th, Spieth fired back with birdies on the 13th and 14th. He concluded the round by trading off a bogey at No. 15 for a birdie at the 681-yard 18th. It was the first time all week he’d birdied the mammoth hole and came a day after a double bogey at the hole pushed him to four over for his third round.
While ultimately a disappointing result, Spieth can walk away having at least built a little momentum. He temporarily erased his putting struggles of the first three rounds, finishing with a solid 29 putts in his final 18 holes.
“I’m out there thinking a lot about my stroke, or my stance—just all the stuff you’d rather not be thinking about,” Spieth said after his 76 on Saturday, per Bill Pennington of the New York Times.
“You don’t want to think about that; you’d rather think about line or pace. But I can’t do that yet because I haven’t figured out the other parts. I’m searching for it.”
Spieth will have two more opportunities to win his third career major this year, beginning at next month’s Open Championship. The 23-year-old has finished 30th or worse in three of his four trips across the ocean, with his fourth-place outing in 2015 being his only strong result.
Spieth has never played at Royal Birkdale, the course that will host The Open Championship for a 10th time beginning July 20.
Jordan Spieth Finishes Outside Top 10 at 5th Straight Major After 2017 US Open – Bleacher Report