Jordan Spieth’s jam-packed Saturday at the Singapore Open saw him remain in contention for the title, as the American wrapped up a second round of 70 before finishing the day on six-under par after completing 16 holes of Round 3. The 22-year-old is three shots back on leader Younghan Song.
The two-time major winner could only complete six holes on Friday, meaning he was forced to play 28 on Saturday, as the organisers sought to get the competition back on schedule. And although Spieth was short of his best on the day, he’ll have been delighted to have got through a gruelling spell with hopes of glory still intact.
Here’s a look at Spieth’s scorecards on Saturday and a recap of how a marathon day panned out for the 22-year-old.
Round 3 Recap
Here is a look at Spieth's third-round scorecard, which was almost concluded on Saturday afternoon at the Sentosa Golf Club:
Having played 12 holes in the morning, Spieth took to the course for the second time in Singapore on Saturday and will reflect on some more missed opportunities to move up the leaderboard.
As we can see here, courtesy of the tournament’s official Twitter feed, the world No. 1 was the man the spectators were keen to see on Saturday:
Spieth got off to a strong start, too. He’s been solid through the first three holes throughout the week and notched consecutive pars to get his round up and running. At the par-five fourth, he picked up his first shot of the round, rattling in a birdie putt and moving to six-under.
But there was a blemish at the very next hole, which was indicative of Spieth’s efforts around this course in the afternoon. He bogeyed the fifth to move back to five under, with consistency still escaping the American since his bogey-free first round.
He did bounce back well at the seventh, though, as another brilliant putt moved the American back on to six-under. From there he settled down well into the round, with four successive pars giving Spieth a foothold to attack in the final seven holes.
The late assault seemed set to come to fruition, as Spieth birdied the 13th to cut the deficit to Song to just two. But as the light began to draw in, two successive pars were followed by another bogey at the 15th; play was called off for the day after the youngster made par at 16, leaving him with 20 holes to complete on the final day.
The tournament’s official Twitter feed provided details on when the action would resume:
Play has been suspended due to darkness. RD3 restarts tomorrow morning at 7:30am. RD4 starts at 8:20am #singopen— SMBC Singapore Open (@SingOpenGolf) January 30, 2016
Spieth will have been pleased to have made it through the day still in the hunt even though there are shots he left out there. Playing sections of different rounds is never easy, as it’s very tough for players to get into much of a rhythm.
But the American comes into his own in the latter stages of tournaments, and after getting the final two holes of Round 3 boxed off on Sunday morning, he will want to stamp his authority on the final day’s play.
Round 2 Recap
Here is a look at Spieth’s completed scorecard for Round 2, which he signed off on Saturday morning in Singapore:
Spieth resumed at the seventh early on Day 2 and was able to put together a solid start despite the truncated schedule.
The American was seeking to push up the leaderboard, and after three successive pars to get the day under way, he made his move. Indeed, a birdie at 10 was followed by another at 11, with the youngster looking as though he was just beginning to settle into a groove.
However, his initiative was sapped at the 13th following a steady par at 12, as he dropped a shot after finding the bunker with his approach to the green.
It was a shot Spieth grabbed back at the par-three 17th, as he found the middle of the green with his approach before knocking in a putt. From there it was anticipated the American would pick up another at the par-five last, but what seemed like a simple par putt lipped out, leaving him on five under for the competition.
Spieth was in decent spirits about having to complete his third round on Saturday, too.
“This has happened before. It is not unusual," said Spieth, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). "You have delays where you have to come out and be prepared to play a lot of golf the next day, and you hope that that day you are on rhythm. We were one under after the delay today and hopefully we can post a good one this afternoon, that course is gettable.”