Spieth holds midway lead at U.S. Jr. finals
BREMERTON, Wash. – While he’s been far from perfect, Jordan Spieth has taken a 3-up lead over Chelso Barrett after the morning session of the scheduled 36-hole final at the U.S. Junior Amateur. Spieth, 17, of Dallas, won three holes in a five-hole stretch on the back nine at Gold Mountain to seize control of the match.
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Vying to become only the second player to win multiple U.S. Junior titles, Spieth was all square through 12 holes but won Nos. 13, 15 and 17. It appeared as though he would go 4 up heading into the hourlong break, but Barrett played a remarkable shot off the slope of a greenside bunker on 18 to halve the hole with birdie.
The match may have been decided on No. 17. Spieth snap-hooked his drive into the left rough, laid up short of the green and made bogey. Barrett, from the middle of the fairway, came up short on his approach, chipped on and three-putted from 7 feet to lose the hole.
Barrett, 16, of Keene, N.H., is giving up about 40 yards off the tee to Spieth, but already is faring better than their previous encounter, at last year’s U.S. Junior, where Spieth won, 7 and 5.