Jordan Spieth claims his first win in 83 tournaments as he finishes 18 under par to win the Valero Texas Open while Englishman Matt Wallace takes third place for the Masters.
- Jordan Spieth took his first win in 83 tournaments at the Texas Open
- The American finished 18 under par for his first win in four years
- Englishman Matt Wallace finished third behind veteran Charley Hoffman
Jordan Spieth heads back to Augusta National as the winner after a thrilling home state win at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.
The 27-year-old from Dallas took his first win in 83 tournaments stretching to the 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale.
Spieth had threatened this success all season after coming out of a protracted slump that left many fearing his best years were over. The three-time winner led two West Coast events in February before settling for the top five.
Jordan Spieth took his first win in 83 tournaments at the Valero Texas Open
Spieth’s last success was at the Open at Royal Birkdale in 2017 four years ago
This time, he closed the deal despite a great wave from veteran Charley Hoffman pushing him all the way. The 44-year-old dropped in for a birdie on the 13th and added two more on the 14th and 16th as he built up the pressure, but Spieth responded with a great daredevil of his own on the way to his 11th win on tour. Spieth, who took all the punches that mattered during a tense back nine, finished with a fantastic 18-under for a two-stroke success.
Englishman Matt Wallace had started the last round right with Spieth, but couldn’t match the heroism of his two playing partners and settled for third place after a 14-under while also heading to Georgia for the first major of the game. season.
Another highly sought-after contender also gets in a festive mood, as Jon Rahm became a father for the first time over the weekend. Now the Spaniard will try to follow in the footsteps of Danny Willett in 2016, who won the green jacket just days after his wife gave birth to a baby boy.
The American finished 18 under par for a two-stroke success beating Charley Hoffman
Rahm had said he would not hesitate to leave the Masters if his wife Kelley went into labor during the tournament. Fortunately, that is one less worry for the number three in the world after the birth of son Kepa on Saturday.
“ Without a doubt the best day of my life, ” Rahm reported on social media, after reporting that both mother and son were doing well.
Rahm hopes to join the long list of top golfers who have had success on the course after the carefree joys of growing older for the first time. The trend has become so well known that noted golf author Keith Elliott called it the ‘diaper factor’. The gates officially open in Augusta this morning for the first of three practice days with around 15,000 customers – a quarter of the usual total – expected to deliver the soundtrack that was missed so badly at the Masters in November like no other.
Englishman Matt Wallace finished third after starting Spieth on the last lap
Everything was in place on a perfect Easter Sunday, right down to the last lucky members capturing the last start times before the 1pm deadline, when the pros came in.
It didn’t take long for the beautiful training ground to fill up. One of the first to arrive was the gifted Scot Bob MacIntyre as he prepares for his Augusta debut. He was soon joined by fellow leftist Phil Mickelson, and then the hardest working man in the game – Bryson DeChambeau.
He soon uncorks those mighty drives with the beating technique that makes the rest of the world wonder how the hell his back can withstand it.