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QUICK TAKE: Spieth Defends His Big Miss

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Jordan Spieth's wayward tee shot at Royal Birkdale's 13th hole set the stage for a memorable bogey. (Photo Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Boyers)

AKRON, OHIO – Jordan Spieth wants to clarify one thing about his magnificent victory at the Open Championship.

That tee shot he hit on the 13th hole – the one that sailed wide right then banged off a spectator’s head and wound up in an unplayable lie, setting in motion one of the more memorable bogeys and subsequent finishes in Open Championship history – wasn’t quite the gargantuan miss it was made out to be.

It was a bad shot, for sure. Spieth cops to that.

But the suggestion – made on television – that it was 100 yards right of where he intended to hit it, well, that’s not entirely correct, Spieth says. He was aiming at the right rough and said the combination of a wet clubface and a not-so-good swing led to him playing his third shot from the driving range of all places.

Here’s Spieth’s version, which he shared Wednesday at a press conference preceding the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

“I missed my right side of the fairway by 20 yards-ish and it hit the guy in the head and then went over the next mound. So essentially it was 20 yards offline. I hit balls further offline than that on a regular basis, but where it ended up and what it looked like compared to the fairway for viewership was way offline.  

“It really wasn’t that bad. I mean, it wasn’t a good shot. It was a foul ball to the right, but I need to back myself up here in saying that I’m capable of hitting worse shots than that, OK?”


Spieth flew back to Dallas Sunday night after winning the Open Championship, slept a while when he got home then watched the final round replay twice, the second time with caddie Michael Greller. They utilized the fast-forward function to get to the most important parts.

“I think we started on like 12 and just watched it from there. Before that, I don’t think it was necessary,” Spieth said.

“It was fun. It was fun kind of talking to Michael about what he was going through on 13 versus what I was going through. Then we tried, we watched the putt on 15 quite a few times to try to figure out what camera angle so we could see Michael laughing while I was pointing to him telling him go get that. It was cool to watch it with Mike, too, and just kind of talk about what we were both thinking at that time.

And of course he’s like, ‘I knew you had it in the bag,’ and I’m like, ‘You can’t say that when you’re up one with three holes to go.’ You can say that in hindsight but there’s a lot of golf left. But it was really cool to watch. It was a finish unlike any I’ve ever had.”

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