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Jordan Spieth holes out from 160 at Pebble Beach, leads


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Jordan Spieth during Saturday’s third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

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Jordan Spieth held his putter, first in his right hand on Saturday as he crossed a bridge toward the green on the 403-yard, par-4 16th hole at Pebble Beach, then in his left hand as he got closer. He leaned on his putter to pick his ball out of the cup. 

Spieth just never putted with his putter on the hole. 

“He just took his putter to keep him company,” analyst Nick Faldo said on CBS’ broadcast of the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.  

“Yeah, what’s with the putter?” analyst Frank Nobilo said. 

Force of habit. On Spieth’s second shot, after a drive down the left side of the fairway, from 160 yards out, Spieth holed out. He hit a draw into the hole, his ball bounced once, and it rolled in for an eagle two. 

“Big turn here for Spieth,” Nobilo said as the ball tracked toward the green. “Oh, is this any good? Is this any good? One more roll. One more. Oh yeah. He’s crazy.”

Crazy good at the moment. On Thursday, on the par-4 10th, Spieth spun his second shot back into the hole from 110 yards out. Two holes, two eagles, four-under par. He needed both. Spieth had entered Saturday’s third round with a one-shot lead, bogeyed 10, 12 and 14, then jumped into a tie at the top with Daniel Berger after 16. Berger then double-bogeyed 18, and Spieth will enter Sunday with a two-shot lead. 

Spieth, after his hole-out on Saturday, raised both hands in the air, then pumped his right fist, slapped hands with his caddie, Michael Greller, and dropped his club back in the bag. He’s now 18 holes away from his first win since the 2017 Open Championship. 

“This game will drive you crazy, and when you hit a shot like that, you’re like, all is forgiven,” Nobilo said. 

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