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‘Hate For Them to Be Disappointed’: Pressure Mounts After Jordan Spieth’s Painful Setback as PGA Tour Pro Makes an Honest Confession

Published 05/10/2023, 4:15 AM EDT

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Golf fans were in for a disappointing surprise this week as Jordan Spieth announced his withdrawal from the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament. The announcement comes just days after he missed the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship.

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It seems, however, that Spieth’s absence will also affect another PGA Tour pro. On Tuesday, golf pro Michael Kim took the 3-time Major winner’s slot at the upcoming event. And soon after, he took to Twitter to relay his worries about it!

PGA Tour pro Michael Kim takes Spieth’s slot after his injury


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The 2023 AT&T Byron Nelson tournament will kick off on May 11 at the TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. The likes of Scottie Scheffler, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, and more will be headlining the event. Reigning champion K.H. Lee is also set to return to defend his title.

One big name who will be missing from action is none other than Jordan Spieth. He had earlier taken to Twitter to update fans about a wrist injury that had rendered him incapable of playing at the event. The news didn’t just disappoint his supporters;it has also put remarkable pressure on golfer Michael Kim.


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Kim, who took the injured golfer’s slot, is now hoping for the AT&T Byron Nelson event organizers to update the pro-am list. After all, it would be a huge challenge for any golfer to take the place of the fan favorite, 13-time PGA Tour winner.

On Wednesday, the TPC Craig Ranch will host a pro-am event where amateurs will be paired up with top PGA Tour pros from this year’s field. The event’s first round kicks off on Thursday, with defending champion K.H. Lee hoping for a third consecutive win.

Jordan Spieth withdraws from AT&T Byron Nelson after a left wrist injury


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Spieth’s announcement on Monday delivered a huge blow to his fans in Texas. The golfer, who grew up in Dallas and is an alum of the University of Texas, is currently nursing a left wrist injury. He suffered the setback at last week’s Wells Fargo Championship, where he also failed to make the cut.

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In his statement, the World No. 10 said, “The AT&T Byron Nelson means the absolute world to me and I’m disappointed to miss it this week. Playing in front of family and friends in Dallas is one of the highlights of my year, and the tournament staff and volunteers are second to none. I look forward to being back next year and many years after.” His injury has also raised questions about whether he will be playing at the fast-approaching PGA Championship. Spieth is now taking some time away from golf to recover and bounce back into action.


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Do you think Spieth will recover in time to appear in the year’s second major? Who are you rooting for to win this year’s AT&T Byron Nelson event? Let us know in the comments!

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Abantika Ghosh


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Abantika is a fresh writer at EssentiallySports who was chosen in the recent round of ‘ES Draft’ for her strong passion for golf writing. Even in her early days, Abantika has displayed an impressive ability to cover golf with gripping and insightful stories backed by thorough research. Her inspiration comes from the words of the legendary golfer and flag-bearer of the PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy: "As long as I keep enjoying my golf, then hopefully I'll be able to play well," which motivates her to continue writing engaging pieces.
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