Valero Texas Open: Purple-hot Jordan Spieth seizes share of 54-hole lead: Jordan Spieth ends close to four-year title drought simply in time for Masters

Valero Texas Open: Purple-hot Jordan Spieth seizes share of 54-hole lead: Jordan Spieth ends close to four-year title drought simply in time for Masters

Spieth fired seven birdies in a six-under-par 66, holding off tenacious enjoying companion Charley Hoffman to win by two strokes with an 18-under-par whole of 270.

Valero Texas Open: Red-hot Jordan Spieth seizes share of 54-hole lead: Jordan Spieth ends near four-year title drought just in time for Masters

Jordan Spieth gained the Texas Open for a much-needed increase forward of The Masters. PA

Former world primary Jordan Spieth ended his close to four-year victory drought Sunday, gearing up for subsequent week’s Masters with a triumph on the US PGA Tour Texas Open.

Spieth, who hadn’t gained since capturing his third main title on the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale, signalled he is once more a pressure to be reckoned with as the sport’s greatest look towards the primary main championship of 2021 at Augusta Nationwide.

“This can be a monumental win for me,” Spieth mentioned. “It is one which I’ve actually considered for a very long time.”

Spieth fired seven birdies in a six-under-par 66, holding off tenacious enjoying companion Charley Hoffman to win by two strokes with an 18-under-par whole of 270.

Hoffman had lower Spieth’s result in one earlier than Spieth birdied the seventeenth gap at TPC San Antonio, Hoffman’s personal 66 placing him on 16-under 272.

Now Spieth heads to Augusta Nationwide, the place he was simply 21 when he gained his first main title on the 2015 Masters, happening to win the US Open the identical 12 months.

After years within the wilderness the 27-year-old American had been knocking on the door, holding the 54-hole lead at each Phoenix and Pebble Seaside this 12 months.

He was tied for the lead going into the ultimate spherical on Sunday with England’s Matt Wallace, with Hoffman two photographs again.

Wallace closed with a two-under-par 70 for third place on 274.

“I really felt actually gentle, felt like I simply needed to come back out and smile and attempt to have some enjoyable,” Spieth mentioned, including that “lightness” was one thing he’d struggled to search out whilst he contended earlier this 12 months.

“I by no means actually doubted in myself to have the ability to get again to the place I needed to go, however if you lose confidence it is numerous instances exhausting to see the positives going ahead,” he mentioned.

Spieth bought his day going with birdies on the second and third — the place he caught his tee shot two toes from the pin.

He adopted a bogey on the fourth with an 11-foot birdie on the sixth and six-footer on the eighth.

He stored the momentum going with a par save on the eleventh, the place his second-shot from 116 yards out discovered a greenside bunker.

He restricted the injury with a seven-foot par-saving putt, then rolled in a 13-footer for birdie on the twelfth that pushed his result in three photographs.

Taking part in companion Hoffman, who adopted three birdies in his first six holes with a collection of par saves, chipped in for birdie on the thirteenth to once more slender the hole to 2 strokes.

After Hoffman tapped in for birdie on the par-five 14th, Spieth rolled in his eight-foot birdie to keep up the margin.

‘Enjoyable battle’

And he stored rolling with a par save at 15, the place he was in need of the inexperienced from a troublesome lie in a fairway bunker however chipped to inside a foot.

Hoffman utilized the stress with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-three sixteenth, the place Spieth’s putt from off the inexperienced left him a tense brief putt for par.

He made that, then pushed his lead again to 2 with a five-foot birdie at 17, each Spieth and Hoffman making par on the par-five 18th.

“I truthfully thought that I might be extra emotional on the finish, however I am type of glad I am not,” Spieth mentioned.

“It was a enjoyable battle,” he added, saying Hoffman’s problem made the victory all of the extra rewarding.

“It feels superb proper now,” Spieth mentioned. “There’s peaks and valleys on this sport. I by no means anticipated to go this lengthy. Again then, in between wins, (I) simply type of took loads – perhaps extra – with no consideration than I ought to have.

“It’s totally troublesome to win out right here and I am going to actually get pleasure from this one as a lot as I’ve some other.”

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