Jordan Spieth fired a 6-under-par round of 66 on Sunday, holding off Charley Hoffman to win the Valero Texas Open 2021 by two strokes and claim his first triumph in more than three and a half years. The previous Texas Longhorn and Dallas native struggled as the year-long low point in his professional career to guarantee the top leaderboard spot at San Antonio’s Valero Texas Open Sunday.
Jordan Spieth’s long journey between trophy presentations finished Sunday not too a long way from home with a two-shot triumph in the Valero Texas Open at San Antonio.
Jordan Spieth tapped in for par to win the British Open for his third major and eleventh triumph in only five years on the PGA Tour. He never imagined he would go 1,351 days before he felt that way again.
He went to 82 events on tour without winning. When the No. 1 player, was headed out of the top 100 in the world. What’s more, presently he’s back.
The Dallas native last succeeded at the British Open at Royal Birkdale in 2017. He covered off an almost four-year run between titles by shooting a six-under-par 66 in the final round and completing 18-under 270 for the competition over the TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course.
Charlie Hoffman completed in second place at 16 under, shooting an indistinguishable 66 on Sunday. England’s Matt Wallace (70) lived in third place at 14 under, while Lucas Glover (66) completed in fourth place at 12 under and India’s Anirban Lahiri (69) settled for fifth place at 10 under.
“There are peaks and valleys in this sport, but I never expected to go this long,” Jordan 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 lone amazement was that he figured he would be more passionate. He was too busy holding off a spirited run by Charley Hoffman, who went from a 3-shot shortfall with six holes to play to a single shot behind. Jordan Spieth everything except fixed it with a wedge to a back pin to 5 feet for birdie.
“This is a monumental win for me,” Jordan Spieth said. “It’s been a long road. There were a lot of times that I didn’t know I would be here.”
“It’s been a long road,” Jordan Spieth said afterward on the NBC broadcast. “There were a lot of times when I wasn’t sure I would be here, talking about [a victory]. I never really doubted myself to be able to get back to where I wanted to go, but when you lose confidence, a lot of times it’s hard to see the positive going forward. I just kept my head down.”
Jordan Spieth, 27, secured his 12th PGA Tour title and his first in his last 83 beginnings, dating to The Open Championship in July 2017. He counted seven birdies and one bogey on Sunday to complete at 18 under for the competition. He didn’t miss a putt within 12 feet.
Having moved from 92nd in the world to 53rd since January, Jordan Spieth presently has the second-best odds (+1000), per BetMGM, to win the next week’s Masters at Augusta National, following just world No. 1 Dustin Johnson (+900). Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, and Justin Thomas are next at +1100.
With three top-five completions in his last five stroke-play events, Jordan Spieth entered Sunday sharing the lead to Matt Wallace at 12 under, his tour-best third 54-hole lead of the season.
Charley Hoffman, who opened two back, applied pressure with six birdies, including three for a four-hole span on the back nine to slice Jordan Spieth’s lead to one with two holes to play. However, Spieth recovered the two-stroke cushion with a five-foot birdie at 17 and parred 18 to seal it.
Jordan Spieth and Wallace were tied for the lead at 12 under par when play began Sunday, with the previous making a charge early. He had birdies at the second and third hole before a bogey at the fourth, however recuperated with two additional birdies at the 6th and 8th.
Spieth made the go to the back nine with a two-shot lead over Charley Hoffman and expanded that to three with a birdie at the 422-yard, par-4 12th hole when he arrived at 16 under. He did barely enough from that point, and when Hoffman drew to within one shot, Spieth sealed the triumph with a five-foot birdie putt at the 17th before a par five on the end opening.
“I felt really light like I wanted to smile and come out and have some fun,” said Jordan Spieth, who failed to win recently when he had 54-hole leads at two events.
“That’s been a challenge for me on these Sundays when I have been in contention, is that early in the round I didn’t come out with a lightness to me. Today I did and it was nice. It’s been a long road.”
A three-time Major champ, Jordan Spieth will currently attempt to turn the clock back significantly further trying to repeat his triumph at The Masters in 2015. His triumph in Texas makes him one of the top picks for the first Major of 2021, which starts on Thursday.
Charley Hoffman, the 2016 Texas Open champ, required a triumph to acquire a spot at The Masters. He gave himself a chance when his birdie putt from the edge of the green of the 16th pulled him to within a shot of Jordan Spieth’s lead.
Be that as it may, the deficiency was two shots again when he had a par at 17, while Jordan Spieth birdied.
Charley Hoffman remained nearby with three birdies on his initial six holes of the day, at that point had two additional birdies at the thirteenth and fourteenth before another at the par-3 16th hole.
Wallace couldn’t remain with the leaders, as every one of the three played in the final group of the day. He shot an even-par 36 on the front nine. He had 11 successive pars before birdies at the sixteenth and seventeenth.
Brant Snedeker (68), Chris Kirk (68), and Gary Woodland (69) all completed in a tie for the 6th spot at nine-under. Cameron Tringale (72), the 36-hole leader, was tied for ninth place with Patton Kizzire and Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz (69) at eight under. Kizzire had the low round of the day with a seven-under 65.
Graeme McDowell completed the week on level par after shutting with a two-over 74, while Pádraig Harrington carded a one-over 73 to end up on three over.
Jordan Spieth hasn’t experienced triumph since he won his third major championship at the 2017 British Open.
In the wake of battling to track down the magic from the beginning stage of his career, Spieth gave indications of regaining his form in earlier 2021 events. Spieth has four Top 10 finishes since February, including three Top 5 finishes.
Jordan Spieth, who completed at 18-under 270, moved to No. 38 in the world. He is back in the top 50 for the first time in over a year.
Wallace couldn’t keep up and shut with a 70 to complete alone in third. Lucas Glover (66) completed in fourth, while Anirban Lahiri birdied the last hole for a 69 to complete alone in fifth.
Jordan Spieth normally is a top choice at the Masters, where he was runner-up in his debut in 2014, won wire to wire the next year, and was runner-up again after losing a back-nine lead in 2016.
He once said he never truly considered a lot of why he played well and won, he just did. Presently after such a lot of inspection of a game that moved away from him, and the work it needed to get back, he seems headed the correct way.
“There are some key moments here and there, different time periods where I felt like things were turning around,” he said. “There’s also moments I look back on where I hit balls ’til my hands bled and I wasn’t doing the right thing and I just went home [and] thought about it. Lost sleep. This sport can take you a lot of different directions.”
On this day, it took him to a trophy ceremony that accompanied a pair of cowboy boots.
A week ago, at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Jordan Spieth arrived at the round of 16 before bowing out to Matt Kuchar in their Saturday morning match.
One week from now, Jordan Spieth gets back to the Masters, the site of his first major championship win in 2015, radiating with certainty. The recognizable sensation of Augusta National should keep Spieth’s momentum going in a positive direction.