FORT WORTH, Texas – Sometimes, even the good players can benefit from a good break or two.
Such was the case Sunday at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, where Jordan Spieth cruised to a three-shot win thanks in part to a couple of friendly bounces on the penultimate hole.
Having taken a one-shot lead with a birdie on the prior hole, Spieth stepped to the 17th tee and promptly tugged his tee shot. But the ball caromed off the leg of a marshal and kicked back closer toward the fairway.
Then after sailing the green with his approach, Spieth’s ball nestled next to a grandstand. The subsequent free drop allowed him to hit his pitch shot from below the hole instead of above it – a shot that Spieth promptly holed to add to his lead.
“[No.] 17 was one of the luckiest holes I’ve ever had, personally,” Spieth said. “I hit a guy on the side on the tee ball that goes into the first cut, and then I get that drop and then chip in.”
It was a result that left playing partner Ryan Palmer shaking his head, as Spieth went on to cap his win with a 34-foot birdie on the final green.
While that putt provided the final margin of victory, it was on the previous hole that Spieth turned the tournament on its ear after capitalizing on a pair of breaks.
“If I’m anyone playing against me, I’d be pretty upset at that,” Spieth admitted. “So it was certainly nice to get some breathing room going to 18.”