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Despite Stumble, Spieth Still A Rising Star

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA | Early Saturday evening, sitting on the third-round Masters lead he shared with Bubba Watson, 20-year-old Jordan Spieth said he wanted to know what it felt like to be in contention at a major on Sunday afternoon.
Now he knows.
“It’s a stinger,” Speith said Sunday evening. “I had it in my hands.” Spieth had a two-stroke lead with 11 holes remaining in his first Masters. He had made three birdies in four holes. A buzz missing through most of this Masters was riding on the warm April wind.
Then it was gone.
It took two bogeys and 25 minutes.
“I was 3 under through the first seven (holes) so if you had told me that when I woke up (Sunday) morning, I would have thought it would be difficult for me not to win this golf tournament,” Spieth said after finishing tied with Jonas Blixt for second, three behind Watson.
This Masters, which had a flatter emotional tone than most, was won by Watson, who plays with a cartoonlike power that allows him to imagine and pull off shots that defy convention and common sense. It felt, though, as if the tournament belonged to Spieth, who was attempting to become the youngest Masters champion in history.
“It’s tough to swallow when it was right there,” Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller, said.
On Saturday night, Spieth had hung out with a few friends, watching a Dallas Mavericks game on television, kicking back like it was a regular night at home in Dallas. Throughout the week, Spieth had kept his television off ESPN and Golf Channel to avoid getting too caught up in the tournament he was attempting to win.


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