World number one Jordan Spieth has promised an aggressive putting approach in the final round of the SMBC Singapore Open as he tries to rein in leader Song Younghun.
The American superstar completed the last two holes of his third round early Sunday morning in even par for a 70 and lies five strokes behind Korean Song who signed for a 69.
The Masters and US Open champion has had a frustrating time on the greens but a beautifully judged two-putt birdie on the par-five 18th has given him confidence for the last round at Sentosa Golf Club.
“It was a good finish today – today is a new day,” said the 22 year old after rolling his downhill eagle effort from 40 feet to within inches of the hole.
“Very frustrating Friday and Saturday rounds, just not making the right decisions. I am just rushing myself, trying to do too much and trying to think this golf course is going to yield an eight under like its nothing but it does not. So we are going to play the last round differently and take a lot of confidence off the finish today.”
Spieth said he would be trying to give himself as many birdie opportunities as possible by hitting onto the right tiers on the greens.
“(We are going to approach the final round) a bit differently. I have got to hit as many greens in regulation as possible, I just have not done that,” said Spieth, who missed a short par putt on the par three 17th on Sunday morning.
“When I say greens in regulation I am going to hit it on the correct tiers as much as possible. I have been out of too many holes this week to get anything going. All it takes is a little bit of a spark, a little confidence with my ball striking to make sure I have got that distance control down and the putting will come.”
Spieth said that he had over-read too many greens during the first three rounds and he was going to take a more aggressive approach over the final 18 holes.
“I over-read a lot of putts at the start (of the tournament) and I am going to try and be a little bit more aggressive with my putter as I try to dial other stuff back to make sure i am in position,” he said.
Spieth had a one hour 50 minutes break before teeing off for the final round at 9.50am.
“I will just go and rest (before I go back out). I have already eaten so I will probably not do that. Then go back out, hit a few balls and then come down and make sure I have my putting dialled in,” he said.