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Spieth falls down

Spieth falls downCHARLOTTE, N.C. — History will be made today, but not by Jordan Spieth.
Any chance Spieth had of becoming the youngest player in golf history to complete the career Grand Slam dissipated in the steamy Carolina heat when he shot a pedestrian even-par 71 that left him 3-over for the tournament and 10 shots behind surprise leader Kevin Kisner after yesterday’s third round of the PGA Championship.

Spieth admitted he began the day “on a mission to win the tournament,” but when he bogeyed two of the first four holes, all thoughts of that began to fade.
“I was trying to do just that,” Spieth said. “Trying to play aggressive and see how many birdies we could make. Just didn’t really hit greens trying to do too much early.
“Obviously any week you don’t have a chance to win, you’ve fallen short of where you would like to be. But disappointing could have been going home after two days. My goal was to try to work our way into a backdoor top-10.”
Even that possibility went out the window when he double-bogeyed 18, pushing him back into a tie for 37th at the time he finished.
“I didn’t have it written in a diary from when I was young that I need to win a career Grand Slam as the youngest ever,” the 24-year-old Spieth said. “The goal was to try and win them all. The goal was to try and get on the PGA Tour and then from there see what happens. I have a lot of opportunities (left).
“The PGA Championship I think is going to be the toughest for me. If we look historically back on my career, I think I will play this tournament worse than the other three majors just in the way it’s set up. I feel like my game truly suits the other three majors maybe more than the PGA Championship, but I believe we can play anywhere and can win anywhere. It’s just a matter of having everything in sync at the right time.”
This week at Quail Hollow, nothing was.
Cinderella story
Unheralded Chris Stroud, who only qualified for the PGA Championship by winning for the first time in 290 starts last weekend in Reno, Nev., continued what is becoming a fairy-tale story by shooting an even-par 71 yesterday to sit 1 shot behind Kisner and in a tie for second with Hideki Matsuyama at 6-under overall.
And he’s done it in a most unusual way: He doesn’t practice. At least not any more.
“I’m taking the same concept I used last week,” Stroud said. “I don’t practice. I warm up in the morning and I go play. I just do the exact same thing.
“I’m using up very little energy. I’m focused on my shot, and then I’m talking about something else. I’m not in the gym making my muscles sore, which I normally am. At the end of the day, the most important part is keeping my mind simple and not stressed. That way you don’t burn all that energy up.”
Instead, Stroud has been burning up Quail Hollow, where he’s shot rounds of 68-68-71, leaving him in the final group at a major today for the first time in his 11-year PGA Tour career. If you told Stroud he’d be playing in the final group on Sunday at a major championship two weeks ago, he would have thought you’d lost your mind.
But instead it seems he’s lost his. Or found it.
“I keep telling myself it’s not that big a deal,” Stroud said. “It’s the same. I’ve been in this situation before, just not in a major. I’m living my dream, and I’m just going to enjoy every second of it.”
DeLaet on fire
Graham DeLaet showed how suddenly things can change in golf when he came from out of the pack, picking up 6 strokes against the leaders in just four holes on the back nine.
DeLaet nearly aced both the 13th and 14th holes, making a birdie at 13 and scoring the first of back-to-back eagles on 14. He then eagled the par-5 15th and birdied 16, vaulting from nowhere to tied for seventh with a 3-under 68 that left him 2-under for the tournament and 5 shots off the lead.
“On 13 actually I left that ball hanging on the lip,” DeLaet said. “It was an inch from the hole from making a 1. Hit the hole on the next one. I turned and said, ‘Man, I could have just gone 1-1, but gong 2-2 is pretty good on those holes.’
“That would be a cool run, you know, at any PGA Tour event, but to do it at the PGA Championship is pretty special. It’s something I’ll probably always remember, you know? The nice thing is it put me in position where something really special can happen (today). You never know.”
Put him on board
Keegan Bradley was not too happy with his three bogeys on the front side yesterday that led to a 2-over round of 73 that has him 4-over for the tournament. But he was happy that he’s been named to the board of trustees of Shawn Thornton’s foundation.
Thornton and Bradley have become friends, and the Hopkinton product has supported Thornton’s Putts and Punches for Parkinson’s golf event. The seventh annual tournament will be held tomorrow at Ferncroft Country Club in Middleton.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — History will be made today, but not by Jordan Spieth.

Any chance Spieth had of becoming the youngest player in golf history to complete the career Grand Slam dissipated in the steamy Carolina heat when he shot a pedestrian even-par 71 that left him 3-over for the tournament and 10 shots behind surprise leader Kevin Kisner after yesterday’s third round of the PGA Championship.

Spieth admitted he began the day “on a mission to win the tournament,” but when he bogeyed two of the first four holes, all thoughts of that began to fade.

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