PGA Tour News: Jordan Spieth’s Most Shocking On-Course Moments Explored

Published 01/07/2024, 9:03 AM EST

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With a career spanning over a decade, Jordan Speith has made many miraculous and downright hilarious shots. Sometimes he risked his life to hit a shot, and sometimes he risked his fans’ lives to land one. There were some close calls in his career as well, especially when he missed a shot from just a few feet, and it cost him a historical record!

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During his illustrious career of 11 years on the PGA Tour, the pro made many memories and gave fans a few good ones too. The recent mishap at the Sentry in Maui takes us back to the top 5 most shocking shots of Spieth’s career, including the round-three missed putt.

The absurd quadruples of Jordan Spieth

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After playing for many years, there will be many instances in a golfer’s life—some shocking, some unfortunate! But it is what makes a golfer good at their art. In the case of Jordan Speith, he has had more than one, starting the missed 3-footers saga.

1. The missed 3-footers by Spieth: The missed 3-footers are not leaving Jordan Spieth alone. The first missed putt was in 2022 at the Valero Texas Open. Spieth took a shot, missed the putt from 3 feet 3 inches, took another from a foot, missed that as well, and then finally made the par-4 16th hole.

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A similar instance happened in the third round of The Sentry 2024. At the par-5 15th hole, the former world No. 1 geared up for a birdied putt, straightened his form, and hit the shot, only for the ball to bounce off the edge of the hole. Although he then putted from the foot and ended up 19 under at T3.

2. Spieth’s wild round at the Hero World Challenge: On the list of miraculous rounds, round one at the 2023 Hero World Challenge stands second. In the 18 holes, the 12-time PGA Tour winner made one double bogey, four singles, two eagles, six birdies, and the rest were at par.

After the wild round, the tally might have been expected to drop, but the bogeys were tallied by the birdies and eagles, and the score came out to be four under 68. After round one, Spieth was one stroke behind T1 players Brian Harman and Tony Finau.

Fan’s knee saves the day for Spieth

3. An absurd tee shot hitting a fan: To make the cut at the 2023 Player Championship, Spieth needed to make par or better at the last hole. Although the tee shot was headed into the water, fortunately for Spieth but unfortunately for the fan whose knees it hit.

It made the ball bounce off and make it to the fairway rather than into the water. In the end, the three-time major champion eagled the hole and finished at par but made the cut. Later, Spieth gave the fan his glove, as he quite literally saved him.

4. Making a quadruple bogey at the Masters: Missing 3-footers was hilarious, but this quadruple bogey cost Spieth his chance of defending his title during the 2016 Augusta showdown. On the final round, Sunday, Spieth was leading the scoreboard. However, that changed drastically once he faced the par-3 12th hole in front of the water.

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The 2015 Masters champion hit the first shot directly into Ray’s Creek (no fan’s knee was there to protect him this time), then into the sand bunker, and eventually, he had 7 on the 12th hole, and the chances of winning the 2016 Masters slipped away with the quadruple bogey. A similar instance occurred in the 2017 Masters, where he made another quadruple bogey.

5. The risky cliff shot: At the 2022 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, during the third round, Spieth took a daredevil shot from the edge of the cliff. The par-4 8th hole at Pebble Beach is set right across the edge of the cliff. But the 30-year-old did not hesitate and took a shot. It landed near the right of the greenside bunker. The ball was safe, and so was Jordan Spieth from the scary shot.

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These are the five most impressive and shocking instances from Spieth’s vast career. Now plating at the Sentry with only the final round remaining, do you think Jordan Spieth may make another shocking shot?

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From a very young age, I, Huda Khambe, have been striving for excellence, and as a Golf Writer at EssentiallySports, my endeavor has only amplified. Having grown up watching Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam bag major after major, I couldn?t help but learn more about the intricacies of the sport, and now I combine that knowledge with my inherent storytelling skills and write about the gentleman's sport, bringing news to life for the readers. As a journalist who lives by the motto 'Girls for Girls', I am hellbent on covering the niche aspects of the sport and giving the readers unique insights about the LPGA and women's golf as a whole. Off hours too, my life involves sports of sorts, with me often engrossed in watching livestreams of Valorant and Counterstrike!
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