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Spieth wins to close on Day

Associated Press Associated Press 29/05/2016

Watch out Jason Day. That was the message as Jordan Spieth found a perfect cure for his Masters misery with a blistering Colonial tournament triumph.

Day created a decent gap at the top of the world golf rankings after three US PGA Tour wins this year.

But world No.2 Spieth is out of his funk and back in the hunt thanks to a stunning finish at Colonial in Texas as Day rested at home.

Spieth curled in a 20-foot birdie putt on No.16, chipped in from 40 feet on 17 and knocked in a 35-foot birdie putt on the last for a final round 65 to finish at 17-under and win by three strokes from Harris English.

It was the perfect antidote to the demons incurred last month when he blew a five-stroke lead on the back nine at Augusta National while defending his 2014 Masters title.

"In our third tournament back, to come back and close this one out the way we did is really, really special," Spieth said.

"This day is a moment that'll go down, no matter what happens in the next 30 years of my career, this will be one of the most important days that I've ever had."

Nearly two months before his 23rd birthday, Spieth broke out of a tie with Tiger Woods for most US tour wins at age 22 or younger with eight. The only player with more that young was Horton Smith with 14 from 1928-30.

With the first-prize cheque of $US1.2 million ($A1.67 million), Spieth has now earned more than $US24 million ($A33.41 million) on the PGA Tour.

The win means Day, Spieth and No.3 Rory McIlroy will all go into this week's Memorial tournament coming off last-start victories.

Spieth is the reigning US Open champion, and will be trying to defend that title at Oakmont in three weeks.

English (66) was outright second at Colonial with Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson tied for third a further stroke back.

Marc Leishman was the best of the Australians, 10 shots off the pace after a final round one-under 69.

Spieth started Sunday at Hogan's Alley with nine consecutive pars, including a 32-footer at the par-3 eighth after hitting his first shot into heavy rough.

"The nerves hit me more than I think they should have or normally would just from the start of the round today, and that's probably it," he said, referring to Masters.

There was also the guy in the gallery at No. 10 that yelled out "Remember the Masters, Jordan" and other similar comments. While Spieth wasn't sure if they were positive or negative reminders, they certainly provided some motivation.

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