Jordan Spieth, the former world Number 1 and 2015 FedExCup champion, has revealed that his three-year slump was precipitated by a previously undisclosed bone chip in his left hand.
According to the Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner, Spieth hurt himself most likely while lifting weights and chose not to have surgery. Asked about his injury at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship on Monday, Spieth said that by compensating with his grip and swing in order to avoid pain, he turned his poor play into a full-on slump.
Jordan Spieth, statements
“I probably fought changes that would have helped me turn things in the right direction a little bit sooner. As the year went on my grip got weaker, the club face got more open and then I needed to flip at impact and so it just required more timing. From somebody who already has kind of a weaker grip to start with, you don’t really have much wiggle room on that side of the things. And so, it’s something that I’ve got to continue to try and work on and make sure it’s not an issue It was 100 percent responsible for me not being able to strengthen my grip, which in turn then is probably normally the first thing guys go to, if something gets a little bit off is, all right, where in my setup are things different?”.
Seven years after the first time, Matt Jones returns to success on the PGA Tour. In Florida the Australian takes the Honda Classic and celebrates his second career title on the circuit in 330 starts. At Palm Beach Gardens, with a total of 268 (61 70 69 68, -12) the 40-year-old from Sidney clearly surpassed the American Brandon Hagy who, on his 30th birthday, finished the competition in second place (273, – 7), thus obtaining the best career result on the PGA Tour. Third place (274, -6) for the Americans Chase Seiffert, Brendan Steele, Denny McCarthy and Russell Henley, as well as for the Taiwanese Pan Cheng-tsung. Sungjae Im failed. The South Korean, outgoing champion, ranked eighth (275, -5).
On the path of the PGA National (par 70) Jones with this victory took the pass to play the Masters Tournament, scheduled from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 April in Georgia (USA), and the PGA Championship. Not only that: he earned an exemption on the PGA Tour until the 2022-2023 season, going from 60 / o to 11 / o place in the FedEx Cup. The success also earned the Australian a check for $ 1,260,000 in exchange for a total prize money of 7,000,000. For him also a Honda car and the joy of returning to impose himself on the circuit 7 years after the first time (Houston Open in 2014). Although in this time span the “aussie” player had achieved two successes on the PGA Tour of Australasia (again at the Emirates Australia Open in 2015 and 2019).