“I just wanted to come out and smile and try and have some fun,” says Jordan Spieth after ending his 1,351-day victory drought at TPC San Antonio; Spieth now heads for The Masters which will be live on Sky Sports The Masters from Thursday
Last Updated: 05/04/21 12:02am
Jordan Spieth described his long-awaited victory at the Valero Texas Open as “monumental” as he claimed his first win since the 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale.
Spieth fired a six-under 66 in the final round at TPC San Antonio to finish two ahead of the tenacious Charley Hoffman, with England’s Matt Wallace two further back in third.
The 27-year-old former world No 1 has returned to form this year and was delighted to have finally got over the line in front after a number of near-misses in recent weeks.
“This is a monumental win for me. It’s one that I’ve certainly thought about for a long time,” he said.
“I felt really light. I just wanted to come out and smile and try and have some fun. That’s been kind of a challenge for me on these Sundays when I’ve been in contention, I’ve not come out with a real lightness to me and today I did.
“It’s been a long road. I never really doubted myself that I’d get back to where I wanted to go but when you lose confidence a lot of times it’s hard to see the positives going forward and I just kept my head down.
“I owe a lot of people thanks. It’s a team and a team effort and I’ve been blessed to work with the best in the world at everything they do.”
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Spieth will now head to Augusta National for The Masters, in which he has an excellent record, including a victory in 2015.
“There’s some key moments here and there, different time periods where I felt like things were turning around,” he added.
“There’s also moments I look back on where I hit balls till my hands bled and I wasn’t doing the right thing and I just went home thought about it; sleeping, lost sleep. This sport can take you in a lot of different directions.
“So I think it’s just most important to embrace when I have moments like this and just really appreciate them, keep the process that I’m doing. Obviously things are starting to work without feeling like I quite have it all, so that’s a really good sign. Take some confidence into next week as well.”
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Spieth believes the key to finally tasting victory again this week was his putting in the final round as he made seven birdies and just one bogey.
“I’ve had a chance on Sundays over maybe three or four different Sundays in the last two months and today was by far the best that I played,” he said.
“Just to see those putts go in, I felt like I was doing everything right those other Sundays and I hit good putts and they wouldn’t go in.
“Today I hit a couple that I didn’t quite strike very well but they went in. It’s a funny game. It shows that as long as you put yourself in that position enough times, the bounces do go your way.
“I got a couple good breaks early in the round today to allow me to kind of jump out in front and feel like I had control.”
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