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Jordan Spieth ends drought with victory at Texas Open

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jordan Spieth tapped in for par to win the British Open for his third main and eleventh victory in simply 5 years on the PGA Tour. He by no means imagined he would go 1,351 days earlier than he felt that method once more.

He went 82 occasions on tour with out profitable. Once the No. 1 participant, he was headed out of the highest 100 on the earth.

And now he is again.

Spieth ended a mystifying stoop Sunday by giving himself birdie possibilities and making most of them, closing with a 6-under 66 to carry off Charley Hoffman for a two-shot victory within the Valero Texas Open.

“There’s peaks and valleys in this sport, but I never expected to go this long,” Spieth said. “Back then, in between wins, maybe I took things more for granted than I should have. It’s very difficult to win out here and I’ll certainly enjoy this one as much as I have any other.”

The only surprise was that he figured he would be more emotional. He was too busy holding off a spirited run by Hoffman, who went from a three-shot deficit with six holes to play to one shot behind. Spieth all but sealed it with a wedge to a back pin to 5 feet for birdie.

“This is a monumental win for me,” Spieth said. “It’s been a long road. There were a lot of times that I didn’t know I would be here.”

Now he heads to Augusta National as one of the favorites at the Masters. Even going so long without winning, the 12th win of his career allowed him to join some elite company. In the past 40 years, only Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas has won at least 12 times before turning 28.

The 27-year-old from Dallas showed signs of turning it around after starting the year by missing the cut at Torrey Pines. He was tied for the 54-hole lead in Phoenix. He led by two going into the final round at Pebble Beach. He was two behind going into the last day at Bay Hill. He reached the weekend of the Dell Match Play.

“I’ve had a chance on Sundays three or four different times in the last two months, and today was by far the best that I played,” Spieth said. “Just to see those putts go in, I felt like I was doing everything right those other Sundays and I hit good putts and they wouldn’t go in. Today I hit a couple that I didn’t quite strike very well but they went in.”

Tied for the lead with Matt Wallace going into Sunday at the TPC San Antonio, Spieth moved out in entrance and did not let anybody catch him. He constructed a three-shot lead with a birdie on the twelfth gap, when Hoffman made him sweat.

Hoffman chipped in for birdie on the par-3 thirteenth and holed a 20-foot birdie putt from the perimeter on the par-3 sixteenth to get inside one shot. But he discovered a bunker off the tee on the brief par-4 seventeenth and needed to accept par as Spieth moved two photographs forward, they usually each made par on the closing gap.

“I’ve misplaced golf tournaments, I’ve gained golf tournaments, however immediately Jordan gained the golf event,” Hoffman stated. “Obviously I put some pressure on. Obviously I would have liked to have hit some better shots coming down the stretch, but gave myself an opportunity coming down the 18th fairway and that’s all you can ask for. Hats off to Jordan.”

Spieth, who completed at 18-under 270, moved to No. 38 on the earth. He is again within the prime 50 for the primary time in additional than a 12 months.

Wallace could not sustain and closed with a 70 to complete alone in third. Lucas Glover (66) completed in fourth, whereas Anirban Lahiri birdied the final gap for a 69 to complete alone in fifth.

Spieth usually is a favourite at the Masters, the place he was runner-up in his debut in 2014, gained wire-to-wire the following 12 months and was runner-up once more after dropping a back-nine lead in 2016.

He as soon as stated he by no means actually considered a lot why he performed effectively and gained, he simply did. Now after a lot inspection of a recreation that acquired away from him, and the work it required to get again, he seems headed in the suitable route.

“There’s some key moments here and there, different time periods where I felt like things were turning around,” he stated. “There’s also moments I look back on where I hit balls till my hands bled and I wasn’t doing the right thing and I just went home thought about it. Lost sleep. This sport can take you a lot of different directions.”

On at the present time, it took him to a trophy ceremony that got here with a pair of cowboy boots.


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