A tale of two nines for Spieth

A poor back nine cost Masters champion Jordan Spieth at the Memorial Tournament on Friday, though he’s not out of it yet.

The 21-year-old finds himself five strokes behind on the leaderboard, though it could have been so much better.

Spieth’s round of two-under par 70 began with a birdie on the first before he went on to make a trio of pars.

All that changed when he sunk a 48-foot putt for eagle on the par-five fifth and followed that up with consecutive birdies on the seventh and eighth.

The back nine was to be a different story, however.

Spieth’s woes began as he missed a 16-foot putt on the par-four 10th to record a double bogey.

His troubles continued on the 12th when he couldn’t convert an eight-foot putt, leading to another bogey, and that was followed by six pars in a row as he failed to make up any lost ground.

Afterwards, he admitted the double bogey on the 12th had gotten him flustered.

“I got mentally off,” he said. “I got very uncomfortable, didn’t put good, solid strokes on it. I was very tentative.

“Just a fluke day, just a fluke hour of golf,” he said. “It normally doesn’t happen like that. It was just weird today.”