Jordan Spieth had another good day at the Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort on Maui, Hawaii. As a measure of how good his game is, he missed his share of putts and still shot 4-under 69 to get to 14-under. Fortunately, almost all of the putts he missed were birdie putts. They weren’t easy by any means, especially with the beguiling greens, but some were in the ten-foot range. As the Golf Channel droned on with its post-game show, Spieth could be seen in the background working on his putting…he was the only one there. He was reportedly using a mirrored training aide that helps to get his eyes directly over the ball.
He’s tied with Webb Simpson and Dustin Johnson and because of the order in which they finished, it will be Simpson and Spieth in the final group on Monday. They go off at 4 PM Eastern, the same time the Golf Channel begins its broadcast and timed to finish as the BCS National Championship football game between Florida State and Auburn begins.
Simpson managed to shoot 5-under, motivated by the serious medical struggles his caddie, Paul Tesori’s days-old son is currently going through. Graciously, his caddie texted him and told him to keep his mind on his game. Bubba Watson’s caddie and good friend of Tesori’s, Ted Scott, is filling in on the bag:
Paul sent me a text this morning, just told me he loved me and wanted to go out and fight as hard as I would any other day. And that’s what Teddy and I did. I felt like we were out there playing for Isaiah. Paul needs something to watch there in the hospital. It’s been a long few days, so hopefully, we gave him something good to see on TV. But it was tough. I was thinking about him a lot out there.
Dustin Johnson also shot 4-under, but was disappointed that he didn’t birdie the two par 5s on the back nine and bogeyed two par 4s on the front. His score could have matched the low round of the day, 8-under, posted by the putting machine, Brian Gay.
But in addition to Gay’s round, three guys shot 6-under: Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed and Jimmy Walker. The point being that potential scoring is low and no lead is safe.
Zach Johnson shot 1-over and is two strokes back at 12-under. And from there the field is tightly bunched. There are four guys at 11, three guys at 10, four guys at 9 and three guys at 8-under. That’s over half of the 30-man field and any one of them could throw a low round at the leaders. So they know that they have to keep playing aggressively. No complacency among any of these trailing guys.
With the backdrop of the Kapalua Resort hard by the Pacific Ocean, the frolicking humpback whales and the surfing action at the beach, it should make for a very entertaining finish.