Spieth Claims First Victory in Home State of Texas
Last week, Jordan Spieth’s sporadic play cost him the AT&T Byron Nelson. This week at the Dean and Deluca Invitational, he made it a point to not let it happen two weeks in a row. Spieth finished the tournament with a 5-under 65 to put his aggregate score at 17-under-par 263, three shots ahead of Harris English.
Spieth fought his way through the first nine and managed to make nine straight pars. After rounding the turn to take on the back nine, Spieth slammed his foot on the gas and notched three straight birdies. Spieth’s only error on the day was a bogey on the par-3 13th hole where he pulled his tee shot into the bunker on the left and then missed the green on his shot from the bunker. After pars on the 14th and 15th hole, Spieth hit a second wind and birdied another three consecutive holes to finish out his round.
Trouble nearly struck Spieth late when his second shot on the par-4 17th found the right rough. Somehow, Spieth was able to land his third shot on the fringe and have it roll straight into the cup to put him two strokes ahead of English with only one left to play. Spieth didn’t need to birdie the par-4 18th but he did so by sinking 34-foot putt giving him his first win in his home state of Texas.
This weekend’s win give’s Spieth his eighth for his career. He’s not even 23 yet.
Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Muirfield Valley Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio for the Memorial Tournament. David Lingmerth will attempt to defend the title he claimed from Justin Rose in a 3-hole playoff last year.