Monday, December 05, 2022

WATCH: Jordan Spieth two-feet to three-put at Valero Texas Open after changing stroke feel

SAN ANTONIO – In a touching moment with cancer survivor Kendall Ramos on Tuesday ahead of the Valero Texas Open, Jordan Spieth asked the 14-year-old if he liked getting physical therapy.

He replied saying, “It’s only up from here.”

“That’s the attitude I’m going to take this week,” replied Spieth. “Once I hit it in the trees, inevitably, I’ll be like, Well, I can only get better out of here, right?”

Spieth’s remarks proved prophetic, although it was not the trees at TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course that dropped him on that line of thinking.

Instead, Spieth’s wrong move came on the sixth green, with the defending tournament champions just four strokes away from the lead.

Spieth was a bit tall with his approach in the 404-yard par 4, but was in a position to save the equalizer after a good chip brought him to almost two feet.

That’s when the former Texas Longhorn lost his focus.

After making the double, Spieth sat at 2 under, just above the projected cutline.

Putting has been one of the wildcards for Spieth, who finished second in the 2015–16 strokes Gen: Putting Back, but has dropped to 141st on the Tour this season.

But Spieth started the day strong, falling 64 feet of putts in the first four holes, 24 feet more than he had throughout his opening run.

He said an additional practice session on the greens helped, along with a modified approach.

“Yeah, I changed my stroke feel a little bit,” he said. “It freed me up a little bit. I’ve got my setup in better shape. I had some bad puts yesterday and did two holes today, but it was definitely a lot better and I think it’s going to be this weekend.” I will move on.”

After the gaffe, Spieth was also there for the rest of the day, six shots from early-wave leader Kevin Chappell, to sit at 2 under after a second-round 70.

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