Native Texan posts 2-stroke victory at Valero Texas Open, his 1st PGA Tour title since 2017 British Open and just in time for Augusta
The wait is over for Jordan Spieth, and his timing couldn’t have been better.
Spieth closed with a 6-under 66 at TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course for an 18-under 270 total and two-stroke victory. It was his first triumph since the 2017 British Open (scores).
"It feels amazing right now," said Spieth, 27, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour. "It has been a long time. There's peaks and valleys in this sport. I never expected to go this long.
"It's very difficult to win out here and I'll certainly enjoy this one as much as I have any other."
That's a lot of appreciation coming from someone whose "any other" includes the 2015 Masters among his three major championships.
Spieth, a native Texan and lifelong Dallas resident who played college golf at Texas, had plenty of support among the gallery, which was limited to 7,500 spectators because of COVID-19 restrictions. He started the day tied with England’s Matt Wallace but surged ahead with birdies on two of his first three holes. American Charley Hoffman, who played in the final group with Spieth and Wallace, pulled to within one stroke when he holed a 19½-foot bump-and-run pitch at the par-3 16th. Spieth regained a two-stroke lead with a 5-foot birdie putt at the par-4 17th, making for an easy stroll up the par-5 18th.
"I've had a chance on Sundays over maybe three or four different Sundays in the last two months, and today was by far the best that I played," said Spieth, who had three finishes of fourth or better in five previous stroke-play tournaments after he had fallen to No. 92 in the world. "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.
"It's a funny game. It shows that as long as you put yourself in that position enough times, the bounces do go your way. I got a couple good breaks early in the round today to allow me to kind of jump out in front and feel like I had control."
“It’s been a long road," he said. "I never really doubted in myself in my ability to go where I wanted to go. This is a monumental win for me.”
Hoffman, the 2016 Texas Open champion, shot 66 to finish solo second at 16-under 272.
"I've lost golf tournaments; I've won golf tournaments, but today Jordan won the golf tournament," Hoffman said.
Wallace (70) placed third at 274, followed by Lucas Glover (66) at 276.
Patton Kizzire shot the round of the day, a 7-under 65, to backdoor a top-10 finish and place T-9 at 8-under 280.
Rickie Fowler tied for 17th, his best result in his past 17 starts and only his second top-20 finish of the season, but it wasn’t enough to get him into next week’s Masters. Fowler failed to qualify for Augusta National for the first time since 2010, his rookie season.
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