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NEWS: Spieth ‘Overreacted’ By Taking Photo Of Poor Rake Job

Jordan Spieth was forced to blast out of bunker on No. 1 after getting a tough lie. (Photo Credit: Michael Madrid, USA Today Sports)


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – It’s not often you see a professional take his phone out during competition, but Jordan Spieth felt compelled to do so Thursday at the Players Championship.

After going out in 1-under 35 on the back nine of TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course, Spieth made the turn onto the front nine and found himself in the greenside bunker on No. 1. Unhappy with the conditions prior groups left for him, Spieth busted out the camera on his smartphone and captured the evidence.

“It was just a bunker that was raked to where it just kind of looked like somebody didn’t really care much to do it, or were rushing off the green, because I was, I think, in worse than a plugged lie when it had just trickled into (the bunker),” Spieth said. “Guys are very good 99.9 percent of the time, and that was very frustrating because I knew where I was, from a normal lie, that it wasn’t too bad. And from that lie, I had no chance.”

Spieth blasted out to 42 feet and then three-putted, giving him a double bogey. He finished the round at 1-over 73.

“I overreacted probably a bit, but all in all, you just don’t see that very often and I know my guy, (caddie) Michael (Greller), rakes and makes sure that that’s exactly the way that it was when he went in there, so that if you hit it in the bunker, everybody gets the same kind of thing,” he said.

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