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Jordan Spieth wins Dean & DeLuca Invitational

Timing is everything for Jordan Spieth.

Spieth made three spectacular birdies on the final three holes to win the Dean & DeLuca Invitational Sunday at Colonial Country Club.

“I think the golf gods are certainly on our side,” Spieth said. “I caught some breaks today.”

Spieth made a 20-foot birdie shot on the 16th hole then followed with a 43-foot chip for birdie after his ball had bounced off the face of the grandstand on the 17th hole.

With a two-shot lead and one hole left, Spieth rolled in a 34-foot shot for birdie on No. 18 to close the day with a 5-under 65 and finish the tournament at 17-under par 263.

Spieth had six birdies and only nine total putts on the back nine. He shot par on his first nine holes.

“I was wondering how many putts we had on the back,” Spieth said. “I still felt like I was hitting good shots, the speed was just off on my putting on the front nine. I had a couple of that would have gone in had I put the perfect speed on them.”

Spieth began the day with a 1-shot lead over Colleyville resident and Colonial member Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson. He fell behind by two shots at one point, but stayed within striking distance with a couple of par-saving shots, particularly on No. 8 (32 feet).

“I didn’t deserve par on 8 by any means, just a poor first shot. Then I drew a really tough lie and kind of just de-celled on the chip,” Spieth said. “Just to have that putt go in, you can hit a perfect putt from that distance, and it’s still got to be lucky for it to actually find the bottom of the hole.”

It was his first PGA Tour win in his native Texas. The Dallas resident has runner-up finishes at Colonial (2015), Valero Texas Open and Shell Houston Open.

The win came in his 95th PGA Tour start at the age of 22 years, 10 months and 2 days. Spieth joins three-time winner Jason Day and two-time winner Adam Scott as the only multiple winners this season. Spieth won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions earlier.

The win also answers the question of when and could Spieth recover from his loss at the Masters when he lost a five-shot lead in the final nine holes.

“It’s not fun to hear people in the crowd walking down today yelling out ‘remember the Masters’” Spieth said. “That’s just what you hear. That’s going to happen. To get over that, to get over that hurdle in our third tournament back says a lot about our character out there.”

Harris English closed with a 66 to finish second at 14-under 266.

“I wish I would have had a couple of more good birdie chances coming down the stretch,” English said. “That’s how golf is.”

Palmer and Simpson tied for third at 13-under 267. Both shot 68 on the final day.

“Oh, man. A lot of putts. Watching that, you see where he’s at and what he’s done. I was fun to be in that atmosphere, in that arena, watching the chips he made, the putts he made,” Palmer said. “I was proud of the way I handled myself inside there. I was calm all day, relaxed, and a little tentative putting. If I could have made half my putts up there today, I could have been up there with him close. It’s something to build off of for sure. But man, that was fun to watch him (Spieth).”

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