In a year of first-ever feats for Jordan Spieth, he accomplished another Saturday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Only this one was nothing to celebrate.
Spieth didn’t make a birdie until the 18th hole, and by then it was too late. It salvaged a three-over-par 74, not nearly enough to avoid missing the cut in consecutive events for the first time in his career.
Charley Hoffman, who five years ago closed with a 62 to win on the TPC Boston, birdied half of his holes for a 63 that gave him a three-shot lead over Brendon de Jonge after 36 holes. Rickie Fowler (67) and British Open champion Zach Johnson (65) were another shot behind.
The second FedEx Cup playoff event nearly lost the top two players in the world.
Rory McIlroy, who returned to No. 1 last week without playing, needed a par on the final hole to make the cut on the number. He got up-and-down from a bunker and made birdie for a 74 and made it with one shot to spare. PGA champion Jason Day kept alive his hopes to be No. 1 for the first time with another 68 that left him in a tie for 10th, six shots behind.
It was the fourth straight round over par for Spieth, his longest such streak since he went five consecutive rounds at the British Open and PGA Championship two years ago. And even though he missed a second straight cut, he could return to No. 1 if Day does not win and McIlroy finishes out of the top 10.
Hoffman made a tap-in birdie on the par-three 11th round early in his second round, poured in four putts from the 12-foot range and three more from inside five feet. He traded a bogey with a birdie at the end to reach 12-under 130.
Slattery leads the Russian Open
England’s Lee Slattery recovered from a double bogey to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Russian Open.
Slattery shot a four-under 67 to reach 13-under 200 at Jack Nicklaus-designed Skolkovo in Moscow.
Scotland’s Craig Lee (66) and Argentina’s Estanislao Goya (67) were tied for second.