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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 196
R UMOURS of Jordan Spieth’s golfing demise have been greatly exaggerated. In amongst the deafening chatter about how the former world No.1 might never recover from the Masters fate that befell him less than two months ago, it’s easy to forget one thing: he did finish second at golf’s biggest and most difficult tournament. There were 87 other players behind him, in case we’d all forgotten. And it’s not like he’d been stinking it up either side of that fateful Augusta afternoon, either. Save for a couple of missed cuts, he had won once this season and had a worst result of a tie for 21st at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. But golfing history isn’t written by those who perform admirably yet fail to win, and after 140 days without a ‘W’ next to his name, it was Spieth’s turn again. The American would be the first to admit he hadn’t reached his own lofty expectations in the two tournament appearances since the Masters. Poised for success and sitting second after three rounds of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, his gremlins returned for a Sunday 74 – one of the worst rounds of the day. But it’s the mark of a champion to find a way back to the top even when you’re not playing well, and Spieth re-confirmed his champion status this week. Statistically, the 22-year-old was a monty to wrap things up at the DEAN & DELUCA after holding the 54-hole lead. Only once in six attempts had he failed to walk away victorious after leading through three rounds. It’s just people tend to remember that lone failure when a green jacket is on the line. If there were any doubts that he was back, they were washed away in a barrage of cheers at the 16th hole on Sunday when he holed a 20-footer for birdie to move a shot clear. WORDS BY ADRIAN BALLANTYNE THE COMEBACK KID
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