Jordan Spieth stumbles in final round
IRVING, Texas -- A late final-round fade Sunday put a damper on what had been another spectacular performance by 17-year-old Jordan Spieth in the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
The Dallas amateur, who is bound for the University of Texas, pulled as close as three shots of the lead on the final day.
But he played the final four holes at 6 over for a 7-over final round of 77, his worst of the tournament.
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"There were so many times today I wanted to snap my 3-wood and driver in half,'' Spieth said. "The course is hard enough without missing 11 fairways. I was all over the place. But it wasn't from being nervous or being tired. Maybe I got a little too pumped up."
He wound up at 6 over for the tournament, tied for 32nd place. He entered the final round tied for eighth, four strokes off the lead.
Spieth, who skipped his high school graduation ceremony at Dallas Jesuit College Prep because it conflicted with Saturday's third round, finished in a tie for 16th place in last year's Nelson.
It looked like he would beat that effort when a 46-yard approach to within a foot on the par-5 seventh set up his second birdie of the day. Spieth tapped in to move to 1-under for the tournament, which tied him for sixth place just three shots behind the co-leaders at the time, Ryan Palmer and Ryuji Imada.
Spieth wilted, however, in windy conditions. Coming off a bogey at the difficult par-4 No. 15, Spieth drove out of bounds on No. 16 and made a double-bogey. He followed it with a bogey at No. 17 and closed with another double-bogey.
His roller-coaster final round consisted of four birdies, five bogeys and three double-bogeys.
Randy Jennings covers golf for ESPNDallas.com.