Jordan Spieth “Really Bothered” After Seeing Overhead Blimp Shot

Jordan Spieth AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Jordan Spieth prepares to hit a shot on the 8th hole during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Feb 5, 2022 in Pebble Beach, Calif. (Video Screengrab)

After his second shot on the eighth hole, during Day 3 of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Jordan Spieth’s Titleist golf ball was sitting inside the red hazard line, inches away from a 68-foot drop off.

Spieth had a choice: take a drop, and a one-stroke penalty or hit the ball and try to save par.

Michael Greller, Spieth’s longtime caddie, pleaded with his boss to take a drop. Spieth listened but ignored the advice. He took out a 7-iron, balanced himself, and hit the scariest shot of his life.

He also made par.

Jordan Spieth and caddie Michael Greller AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links
Jordan Spieth and caddie Michael Greller hug after Spieth made a putt on the 8th hole during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Feb 5, 2022 in Pebble Beach, Calif. (Photo by Jamie Squire via Getty Images)

“I didn’t realize the severity until I got up to it,” Spieth said, during a post-round press conference. “As I walked up to it I felt myself like I was walking and then I started walking like this (leaning back), you know like falling back walking, just to get to the edge.

“And then it was like — it’s so weird because if you can normally see the ball, like I never had a situation where you can see a ball, get a swing on it, but you’re not going to play it. So it was just kind of weird because it was like, ‘Well if I can get a swing on it and I can hit it then why would I take a drop?’

“Like just whenever, you’re never over, I guess I saw a 65-foot cliff. So it’s an unusual situation, normally if you’re walking into a hazard, you see a ball, you hit it out.”

Spieth continued: “I just saw the blimp shot from overhead and it really bothered me. So I can’t imagine while she [his wife] was watching that live.

“They actually came out, my son was out for the first time ever on 3 and 4 and I don’t know where they went from there. And I don’t know if they were over off the AT&T hospitality or anything.

“So, yeah, I mean, my parents are here too, so not only do I have to explain to my wife, I got to explain to my mom, my dad.”

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