Finalist Spieth laments ‘stupid mistakes’ which cost him the British Open – .

Finalist Spieth laments ‘stupid mistakes’ which cost him the British Open – .

Sandwich (United Kingdom) (AFP)

Runner-up Jordan Spieth had to think about what could have been after “some really stupid mistakes” thwarted his chances of winning a second British Open title.

The American clocked an impressive final round of 66 at Royal St. George’s on Sunday to finish two strokes behind compatriot Collin Morikawa.

But by then, Spieth, the 2017 Open champion, had seen his hopes of a fourth major title turned upside down on Saturday when he finished his third round with back-to-back bogeys.

“Yesterday’s finish was about as upset as I completed a lap at home,” Spieth said on Sunday.

“I walked in and wanted – I said, ‘Is there something that I can break?’

“I knew it was so important because I would have been in the final group. “

This poor finish on his third lap meant Spieth had to start ahead of Morikawa, who was paired with night leader Louis Oosthuizen.

Spieth, who started the day with nine under par, three behind South African Oosthuizen, did not help his own cause by losing two strokes in the first six holes.

He rallied by finishing the last 12 in six under par but, with Morikawa, three years younger at 24, holding on, Spieth never really threatened to end a four-year wait for a fourth. major title.

“I had to regroup 18 hours later and then I had a lot of stuff between clubs, and you have to be so specific here,” Spieth said.

“Then I kind of put on the six and went down to seven thinking, ‘Okay, now we’re going for everything, and we’re going to see what happens.’

“I’m proud to have lost 6 under the last 12 of this golf tournament and to put the pressure on Collin. “

Spieth added, “I needed a break, and I didn’t get it from him. I did all I could.

“So I’m upset because I really felt like I played well enough to win and made some really stupid mistakes that maybe, if I had maybe played the week before, I wouldn’t would not have committed – like just stepping in and missing a couple footer (putt) on the 18th yesterday (Saturday), without really thinking about it.

“But at the same time, I did everything I could in the last few hours to win this championship. “


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