A lengthy, difficult experience reached a appropriate conclusion Sunday for Jordan Spieth, who shot four straight rounds under standard to shot four straight rounds in the 2021 Texas Open. It is Spieth’s first victory on the PGA Tour since 2017 as the 27-year-old has battled to track down his game after a incredible start to his professional career.
Spieth (- 18) shot 67 or better in three of the four rounds at the Texas Open, shutting with a 66 on Sunday to clear second-put finisher Charley Hoffman by two strokes. He birdied three of his last six openings Sunday and shot standard or better over his last 14 openings to end the tournament.
The victory is a vital accomplishment for Spieth, not just in light of the fact that it occured in his home state however because of the way that it comes only days before he takes on the 2021 Masters at Augusta National, the site of his greatest victory in 2015 and most crushing defeat in 2016.
“There were a lot of times I wasn’t sure if I’d be here [in the winner’s circle],” Spieth told NBC after the final round. “I never doubted in myself to get back to where I wanted to go. When you lose confidence, a lot of times it’s hard to see the positive going forward. … It’s a team effort, and I’ve been blessed to work with the best in the world at everything they do. This is a monumental win for me. It’s one I’ve certainly thought about for a long time.”
The triumph is Spieth’s twelfth on the PGA Tour and first since the 2017 Open Championship. He is only the fifth player in the last 40 years to win at least 12 occasions before age 28, joining an extraordinary short rundown that incorporates Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas.
Preceding his three-year drought, Spieth went on an outright tear from 2015-17, winning three majors (2015 Masters, 2015 U.S. Open, 2017 Open) alongside the 2015 Tour Championship and six different occasions in that span.
He struggled massively in 2019 and 2020 with career-worst showings at the Masters (T46, 2020), PGA Championship (T71, 2020) and U.S. Open (T65, 2019). Spieth additionally opened the 2020-21 season by missing the cut in four of his initial seven occasions and completing no better compared to T38 in the other three.
Be that as it may, Spieth has been on an outright tear starting at Phoenix Open in February. Notwithstanding his success Sunday, he has four other top-five completes alongside two top 15s out of seven occasions (he set T48 in The Players Championship).
“I actually felt really light. I felt like I just wanted to come out and smile, try to have some fun,” Spieth said of his Sunday effort. “That’s kind of been a challenge for me on these Sundays when I’ve been in contention is really, going into the round, I’ve not come out with a real lightness to me. I just felt like today, I did. … Man, it’s been a long road.”
With the 2021 Masters starting Thursday, Spieth is playing his best golf in three years. He is one of the top favorites in the occasion, entering Augusta with 11-1 chances emerging from his Texas Open triumph. That is tied for third-best on the board with Bryson DeChambeau, as per William Hill Sportsbook.