Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas got the Ryder Cup fun started Friday in their opening match against Euro team of Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia at Whistling Straits.
Spieth and Thomas were 2 down with 2 to go, their backs against the wall and the situation was made worse by an amazingly bad lie off the 17th green.
Spieth is known for making magic however, and with a vicious swipe through some really thick rough, he launched the ball skyward.
He quickly lost his footing and stumbled a bit down the hill so he never saw how great the shot was but he managed to land the ball about three feet from the hole.
“I’d like to say, I don’t think I exaggerated that fall. You know how steep that is. Once I started moving, I was like, I’ve got to keep moving until I find a flat spot,” Spieth said.
An all-timer, for sure.
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“It’s kind of one of those shots that you practice as a kid for fun, and you don’t ultimately want to have it. And the chances of it going there, you could roll a thousand balls off the green, and it’s not going it stay where it was.
“I hit like a 52-degree because a 60 might have gone over the back of my head. Just tried to flick it right underneath and hit it as hard as I could, as high as I could. It ended up right on a crown where it was a tough putt, and I think it’s maybe a situation, first one in wins, and we just kind of got a really tough break there.”
Thomas missed the ensuing putt, however, and that ended the match, as the Spieth-Thomas pairing lost 3 and 1.
Photos: 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin
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