Impatience costly for Spieth, age 19

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Jordan Spieth’s win at the John Deere Classic last weekend made him the youngest player to win on the PGA Tour since 1931.

The 19-year-old out of Dallas Jesuit High School and a year removed from his one season at the University of Texas was making a serious bid to become the youngest British Open champion since 1868 — until he got reckless over the four closing holes Friday.

Spieth made just two bogeys in his first 32 holes to reach 3 under and stake out a spot near the top of the leader board.

Then he went double bogey at No. 15, bogey at Nos. 16 and 17, and closed on a sour note by missing a 4-foot birdie putt at the last hole. Despite the 3-over 74, he was still in contention at 143 heading into the final two rounds.

“Yesterday I was, for some reason, extremely patient with just taking my 30-footers and just trying to give myself tap-ins and not worrying about making birdies,” Spieth said. “Today I got to a point where I finally had enough and wanted to really hit it closer.

“And that,” he added, referring to his closing stretch, “is what happens when you try.”

Spieth was asked whether the frenetic pace of the last week might have contributed to the bad decision-making. He said that wasn’t a problem, and he wasn’t worried about getting caught up reflecting on his breakout win, either.

“Partly because there’s not great Internet access for me here,” he said. “But also because it’s a major championship, and I’m right back into feeling the nerves of trying to compete out here.”

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