As Jordan Spieth teed off on his final hole of the second round at the PLAYERS, the three-time major champ was sitting 2-over par. At the moment, the cut line was +1, and so it seemed that Spieth would need to birdie the par-5 ninth hole (he started his second round on the back) to stick around for the weekend.
Spieth, though, hit a wicked slice off the tee and his golf ball appeared headed for the water on the right. The Texan quickly looked over to his longtime caddie, Michael Greller, and said, “Is that out of play?”
Greller didn’t answer.
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Spieth is nicknamed the “Golden Child” for his talent and all-American persona but it could also be for his good fortunes (aka luck): Spieth’s Titleist bounced off a fan’s knee, then not only hit a cart path, but it also hit the curb of the cart path and bounced left back onto the fairway. Spieth walked over to the fan and thanked him with a glove.
On his approach (second shot), Spieth smashed a 3-metal from about 275, landing his Titleist just short of the green, in the rough. Then, in what has become classic Jordan Spieth, the superstar holed out from 26 feet for an eagle-3 to post 75 and easily make the cut on even-par 144.
“I got an extremely lucky break on 9, or I wouldn’t be playing the weekend,” said Spieth in a post-round interview. “Trying to get that guy’s information and see literally whatever he wants this weekend because everything from here on out is because it hit him.”
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Speith added: “I mean, it’s the equivalent of flying a green towards a hazard and hitting a grandstand and coming back on the green in a way.
“Needing to probably birdie to make the cut, I can’t really birdie having to drop it over in the right rough. It would have been a one-in-a-million make. Instead, I ended up making a 3.”