You Oughta Know: Young Spieth a solid closer

May 28, 2016

FORT WORTH, Texas – After faltering last week across town, Jordan Spieth has afforded himself another chance to win in front of partisan crowds. Here’s what You Oughta Know heading into the final round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, where Jordan Spieth leads by one:

• Spieth holds a one-shot lead over Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson. A win would be the eighth of Spieth’s young career, but it would be his first professional victory in his home state of Texas.

• With a victory, Spieth would pass Tiger Woods for the most wins by a player before his 23rd birthday, trailing only Horton Smith (14).

• Spieth was a runner-up at this event last year and has never finished worse than T-14 in three prior appearances at Colonial Country Club.

• This is the seventh time Spieth has had sole possession of the 54 hole lead on Tour. He has gone on to win four of the prior six events.

• Colonial has been the site of comebacks in recent years. Each of the last seven winners have come from behind on the final day, and the last player to win after holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead was Phil Mickelson in 2008.

• Spieth will play the final round alongside Palmer, a Colonial member whose best prior finish at this event is T-5 (2012, 2014).

• Palmer has three prior wins to his credit, the last of which came 156 starts ago at the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii.

• Palmer’s lone top-10 finish this season came last month at the Valero Texas Open, where he finished T-4.

• Simpson is in search of his first top-10 finish since the Wyndham Championship in August, and his first win since the 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

• Palmer isn’t the only Fort Worth resident in contention, as Martin Piller (10 under, two shots back) remains in search of his first victory. His wife, Gerina, played last year for the U.S. in the Solheim Cup.

• Kyle Reifers is also 10 under, tied for fourth alongside Piller and Harris English. Reifers was a teammate of Simpson for two seasons at Wake Forest from 2004-2005.

• Jason Dufner is alone in seventh place, three shots back. Dufner was a runner-up at this event in 2012, then again in 2014 when he lost in a playoff to Adam Scott.

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