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Jordan Spieth addresses LIV Golf rumors

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Aug 16, 2019; Medinah, IL, USA; Jordan Spieth tees off on the 1st tee during the second round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club – No. 3. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Spieth doesn’t plan on joining the LIV Golf league anytime soon despite rumors to the contrary.

On Thursday, Golf Monthly reported that it had heard rumors that more players could be on the move to LIV Golf after The Open Championship concludes next week.

After Friday’s round at the Scottish Open, Spieth released a statement via Twitter that shut down any notion that he was planning to leave the Tour.

“Because of the false reporting today, I feel the need to comment,” Spieth wrote. “Let me be clear, any reports that I’m contemplating competing anywhere other than the PGA Tour are categorically untrue. I am NOT in discussions with LIV. I have been quoted on the record for months that I fully support the PGA Tour and have never considered any alternatives.”

Spieth’s agent, Jay Danzi, also released a statement denying the rumors via Golf Monthly. Denzi was addressing speculation involving Spieth leaving the Tour for LIV.

The 28-year-old isn’t the only major champion that has had to quell rumors surrounding a potential departure to LIV recently. With Brooks Koepka joining the Saudi-backed league after having previously stated his commitment to the Tour, and the departure of other Tour stars such as Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, it’s not surprising that any rumor regarding Spieth led to speculation among golf fans.

Spieth, currently the 12th-ranked golfer in the world, shot 2-over par on Friday. He’ll begin Saturday’s third around tied for 20th place at even par.

Jordan Spieth joined by interesting playing partner during practice round

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Aug 16, 2019; Medinah, IL, USA; Jordan Spieth tees off on the 1st tee during the second round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club – No. 3. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Spieth played a practice round Saturday at Lahinch Golf Club in Lahinch, Ireland, and was joined by a four-legged playing partner for one of the holes.

On Saturday, Spieth posted an Instagram story showing himself hitting an iron shot at the hilly course. In the video, a white goat was eating grass just yards from the three-time major champion when he struck the ball. While Spieth was watching the ball, the goat proceeded to walk around and eat more. Another goat appeared during the first few seconds of the video, but ran out of view of the camera as Spieth hit his shot.

Lahinch Golf Club is known for its roaming goats. According to the golf club’s website, the goats served as an early guide for weather at Lahinch. The weather outlook for the day was deemed poor if goats were seen “hovering around the clubhouse,” and fine if the goats went to the “outer regions of the sand hills.” Today, the goats serve as a source of levity for players and visitors.

Hopefully the goats didn’t distract Spieth, 28, from getting some important practice in as he prepares for the Scottish Open and The Open Championship at St. Andrews this month. Spieth missed the cut during last week’s Traveler’s Championship. His lone PGA Tour win this year came during April at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C.

Jordan Spieth drawing inspiration from Bill Belichick ahead of Masters

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Jordan Spieth is coming off a win at the Valero Texas Open heading into the Masters, but there will still be plenty of talk this week about his infamous 2016 collapse at Augusta. In order to avoid much of that, Spieth is going to try to channel his inner Bill Belichick.

Spieth told reporters this week that he learned a valuable lesson from Belichick while visiting Gillette Stadium prior to the Ryder Cup in 2016.

“I think Bill Belichick, it’s one of his very key things — eliminate the noise, and I remember seeing that at Gillette Stadium before I think The Ryder Cup in 2016, and it’s always stuck with me,” Spieth said, via WEEI’s Ryan Hannable.

Spieth’s visit to Foxboro, Mass., would have been not long after he blew his five-shot lead on the back nine at the Masters. He did manage to win the Open Championship in 2017, but his game has largely been in shambles since the Masters meltdown. Spieth has said that tournament “haunted” him and that he hated playing golf for a while after it happened.

A big part of the “Patriot Way” is blocking out noise from outside the team, and Spieth has apparently applied that to his own life. He made it clear how much winning at the Valero Texas Open meant to him with what he told reporters on Sunday, but that won’t stop people from bringing up what happened in 2016.

Between Belichick’s principles and the guidance he has gotten from this PGA legend, Spieth should be in a solid place mentally heading into the Masters this week.

Jordan Spieth receives congratulations from Jack Nicklaus

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Jordan Spieth finally broke through on Sunday with a win at the Valero Texas Open, and few people were happier to see it than the legendary Jack Nicklaus.

Spieth held off Charley Hoffman by two strokes to claim his first victory since 2017. He is playing some of his best golf in years at a perfect time, as the Masters begins on Thursday. Nicklaus sent a tweet congratulating Spieth.

Nicklaus also complimented Spieth for the maturity he showed on the 18th hole, when he had a two-shot lead over Hoffman and chose to lay up rather than going for the green.

Prior to the last two months, Spieth’s game had largely been in shambles since his infamous meltdown at the 2016 Masters. He took a five-shot lead into the back nine and looked like he was going win back-to-back green jackets but fell apart.

Since missing four cuts in seven tournaments late last season into early this year, Spieth has four top-five finishes in his last six events. His win, of course, came just days before the start of the 2021 Masters. He made it clear how much the victory meant to him.

Nicklaus has been a positive influence for Spieth and many other golfers. If you remember, he was one of the first to offer words of encouragement for Spieth following the Masters meltdown.

Jordan Spieth had great quote about finally winning again

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Jordan Spieth on Sunday claimed his first PGA Tour victory since 2017, shooting 18 under to win the Valero Texas Open. He held off Charley Hoffman by two strokes in claiming the victory.

Spieth, 27, began his career in captivating fashion. He turned pro in 2012 and became the No. 1 player in the world in 2015. That year, Spieth won two majors and finished in the top five of all four majors.

Because he hadn’t won an event since 2017, Spieth kept getting hounded with questions about the matter. He said he was glad to get that monkey off his back and move on. He also said this win would hold a special place in his heart.

“This one will hold a special place in my heart,” Spieth said after winning the Texas Open. “Just as kind of knocking off that monkey that I don’t really have to answer the questions ‘it’s been this long since you’ve won.'”

Spieth then showed some light humor.

“At this point, it’s been about 20 minutes, so that’s more recent than anyone else,” Spieth noted.

Spieth seems to be heating up just at the right time — right when the Masters is coming.

Jordan Spieth has turned his game around just in time for Masters

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Jordan Spieth had not won a tournament on the PGA Tour since 2017 entering the final round at the Valero Texas Open, and he could not have picked a better time to end the drought.

Spieth, whose last win came at The Open Championship nearly four years ago, held off a charge from Charley Hoffman on Sunday with his best round of the tournament. In addition to showing he can still play at a high level, Spieth proved he can handle pressure. Hoffman birdied three out of the final six holes to make things interesting, but Spieth never seemed rattled. He nearly matched the performance down the stretch and made a clutch birdie on 17 that essentially sealed the win.

The long-overdue victory came amid Spieth’s strongest two-month stretch of play in years. Since missing four cuts in seven tournaments late last season into early this year, Spieth has four top-five finishes in his last six events. His win, of course, came just days before the start of the 2021 Masters.

That should be incredibly important for Spieth’s psyche. Once viewed by many as the next Tiger Woods, the three-time major champion hasn’t been the same since his infamous collapse at the 2016 Masters. After winning the Masters the year before, Spieth took a five-shot lead into the back nine in the final round at Augusta. He managed to blow it in large part because he carded a 7 on the par-3 12th hole.

Though he has trolled himself over the Masters collapse in hilarious fashion, Spieth has also admitted it “haunted” him. He even said he hated playing golf for a while after it happened.

Spieth will never play in a Masters again without thinking of what happened in 2016. But nothing could be better for the 27-year-old’s confidence than notching his 12th career win just days before returning to Augusta. We’ll soon find out if that translates to his game.

Video: This Jordan Spieth shot for eagle was incredible

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Jordan Spieth remains the leader at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am through three rounds, and an incredible shot on Saturday helped him maintain that lead.

Spieth holed out on his approach shot on 16 during his third round on Saturday. He was 165 yards out on the 403-yard par-4 hole and struck his 8 iron perfectly.

Incredibly, Spieth did almost the same thing on the 10th hole on Thursday.

Spieth is making it seem like it’s easy to do that.

Watch: Jordan Spieth catches bad break with bunker shot that hits rake

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Jordan Spieth caught a tough break during the second round of the US Open at Pebble Beach on Friday, and it was one we are not accustomed to seeing on the PGA Tour.

Spieth put his tee shot on No. 2 into a fairway bunker, and he was trying to hit a long approach out of the sand with his second. His shot looked like it was going to get through the tall grass on the edge of the bunker, but his ball hit a rake and stopped dead in its path. You could hear on the TV broadcast how shocked Spieth was with the result.

To his credit, Spieth managed to punch his third shot out into the middle of the fairway and then get up and down for bogey, so the damage was minimal. Still, that isn’t the type of obstacle you want to have to overcome at the second round of the US Open.

Jordan Spieth misses first cut at major since 2014

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Jordan Spieth had a terrible finish to his round at the US Open on Friday that will result in him missing the cut.

Spieth bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes to finish at +9 for the tournament, with the projected cut at eight over. The real heartbreaker was a birdie putt on 18 he missed from fairly close range, leaving him to settle for par.

Spieth was part of a great group featuring him, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, but only one is set to continue for the rest of the weekend. All three players carded high scores on the first day before bouncing back with more impressive rounds on Friday at Shinnecock Hills.

McIlroy shot par on Friday but was unable to make up for his 10-over round on Thursday and will miss the cut. Spieth finished 1 over on Friday, a day after shooting a 78. Mickelson was one under on Friday to finish six over for the two rounds.

This is Spieth’s first missed cut at a major since the PGA Championship in 2014. He had finished in the top four on seven occasions since then, including three major wins.

Jordan Spieth even stunned himself with long birdie putt on 16th hole (Video)

Jordan Spieth has been at or near the top of the leaderboard in each of his five Masters appearances, so no one was surprised to see him add to the drama on Sunday. But at one point, Spieth went on such a hot streak that he seemed to shock himself.

Spieth made several birdies on the back nine, but none were better than the long putt he drained at the par-3 16th hole. When the putt rolled in, Spieth turned to his caddie Michael Greller and said “are you kidding me?”

Spieth has a history of great reactions with his caddie after knocking down big putts, and you can add that to the list.