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Spieth Finishes 2nd at Masters

Updated: Monday, April 14 2014, 05:18 PM CDT
AUGUSTA, Ga. - (AP) -- As the errant shots began to pile up, Jordan Spieth swung his club angrily and spewed out his frustration for everyone to hear. "Dang it, Jordan!" he muttered while strolling down a fairway at Augusta National.Finally, after three brilliant days, the kid showed his age.A major championship will have to wait."It stings right now," Spieth conceded, showing the impatience of youth.The Texan is only 20, surely with a long career ahead of him. He was looking to become the youngest major winner since the Depression and seemed to have a green jacket in his grasp when he walked off the seventh green with a two-shot lead, having made one birdie by holing out from a bunker, another with one of those testy downhill putts that are so often the mark of a Masters champion.But the golfer who won't be old enough to drink alcohol for another three months couldn't keep it going Sunday, playing the last 11 holes at 3-over par. Bubba Watson, his playing partner in the final group, pulled away for a three-stroke victory over Spieth and Sweden's Jonas Blixt."I feel like I'm ready to win," Spieth said. "Maybe I need just a little bit of course knowledge."He was playing the Masters for the first time, and experience is certainly golden around this place.Spieth discovered that at No. 8, where he thought he struck a perfect little wedge from right of the green -- and watched in disbelief as it stopped 25 feet from the cup, leading to a three-putt bogey that changed the momentum of the day.It was more of the same at No. 9, where Spieth's approach came up just short and rolled back off the front of the green, resulting in another bogey before he made the turn.Watson birdied both holes, by the way. Just like that, Spieth's two-shot lead was a two-shot deficit."I was 3 under through the first seven," Spieth said, shaking his head as he remembered the giddiness he felt just a couple of hours earlier. "If you had told me that when I woke up this morning, I would have thought it would be difficult for me not to win this golf tournament."Spieth trailed the rest of the way, pretty much finished off by his tee shot at No. 12 that trickled into Rae's Creek and Watson's booming drive at the 13th that sliced around the trees, perilously close to calamity, and came to a rest 360 yards away, setting up an easy two-putt birdie while Spieth was making a par he couldn't afford."I'm very, very pleased with the way I played," said Spieth, who shot an even-par 72 that was his worst score of the week. "But the only thing I'm thinking about is getting back here next year. That is what's on my mind."Watson closed with a 69 for an 8-under 280 total.Blixt, also a Masters rookie, shot 71 for the third day in a row but couldn't sink enough putts to make a serious run."I just didn't get the approaches as close as I wanted," Blixt said. "I did not give myself enough opportunities to make birdies."No Swedish man has ever won a major, and Blixt is certainly mindful of that drought."I'd love to be the first one," he said. "I hope that curse can end soon. I will do as much as I can and work hard as I can to end it."Spieth is eager to get back to work, too.While he figures to have plenty of opportunities to get a major title of his own, this one felt like an opportunity squandered."I accomplished one of my goals this year: get in contention at a major and see how I can do," Spieth said. "Hopefully going forward, I can do that again. I've still got three more this year."Spieth Finishes 2nd at Masters


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March 05, 2015 08:10 GMT

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Wednesday's Games

Philadelphia 3, N.Y. Yankees 1

Toronto 4, Pittsburgh 1

Detroit 5, Baltimore 4

N.Y. Mets 8, Atlanta 2

Cleveland 4, Cincinnati 2

Seattle 4, San Diego 3, 10 innings

Oakland 9, San Francisco 2

Kansas City 13, Texas 2

Chicago White Sox 6, L.A. Dodgers 4

Arizona 6, Colorado 2

Thursday's Games

N.Y. Yankees vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Atlanta vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore (ss) vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Texas vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (ss) vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. Chicago Cubs (ss) at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Colorado vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 5:05 p.m.

Boston vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

Toronto vs. Baltimore (ss) at Sarasota, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

NBA

Wednesday's Games

Phoenix 105, Orlando 100

Indiana 105, New York 82

Cleveland 120, Toronto 112

Boston 85, Utah 84

Charlotte 115, Brooklyn 91

New Orleans 88, Detroit 85

Oklahoma City 123, Philadelphia 118, OT

Memphis 102, Houston 100

Denver 100, Minnesota 85

Miami 100, L.A. Lakers 94

San Antonio 112, Sacramento 85

Golden State 102, Milwaukee 93

Portland 98, L.A. Clippers 93, OT

Thursday's Games

Oklahoma City at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Wednesday's Games

Ottawa 3, Winnipeg 1

Detroit 2, N.Y. Rangers 1, OT

Colorado 3, Pittsburgh 1

Anaheim 3, Montreal 1

Thursday's Games

Calgary at Boston, 7 p.m.

St. Louis at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Washington, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Vancouver at Arizona, 9 p.m.

Montreal at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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