While Jordan Spieth fired off a bogey-free 63 Friday at Torrey Pines, he also injured an ankle that hampered his 75-75 finish to the week as he slid from the Farmers Insurance Open’s 36-hole lead at 10 under to a T-19 finish.
“My ankle’s pretty messed up; I felt it the second day on the back nine and I just kind of . . . I guess from there I just stopped loading as well on it and I started missing fairways,” Spieth said. “All in all, I had no control over the golf ball today whatsoever with any club. It was tough.”
Spieth couldn’t pinpoint the origin of the ankle injury, but the 20-year-old had shot 71 on the South Course in Thursday’s first round before faring four shots worse in both weekend rounds.
“I don’t remember where, it just started hurting; stepped wrong somewhere,” said Spieth, who won last year’s John Deere Open. “I couldn’t hit balls after the round. Obviously didn’t affect the round on Friday, but just didn’t hit any fairways from there. I didn’t feel pain at all, so I don’t blame it on that whatsoever, but whatever it was, I wasn’t loading correctly and therefore I started hitting them left going left really with every club.”
Spieth had one other unusual problem Sunday with feet – but not his own.
“The cameraman stepped on my ball back on 6 when I guess it was on a really good lie, you know,” Spieth said. “I hit a good chip shot anyways, but when the putt missed it just got in my head. It carried to 7 and it really shouldn’t have.
“I’ll learn from that just to brush it off. There’s no reason, there’s nothing I could do about it, I couldn’t prevent it, I wasn’t to the green yet. So all in all just really wasn’t mentally ready to win this week.”