Jordan Spieth’s return to match golf on Thursday was underscored by the three-time main winner falling sufferer to new security measures put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Spieth performed in a gaggle with retired NFL star Tony Romo as he and different PGA Tour execs teed it up in a no-spectator invitational charity occasion in Dallas.
Spieth was denied a hole-in-one on the par-three 110-yard 17th after his tee shot flew straight into the cup solely to have it hit a plastic insert and bounce out and roll right into a water hazard.
The ball did not stick as a result of organisers of the Maridoe Samaritan Fund Invitational inserted social distancing plastic slats into every cup for cover so gamers would not must bend thus far all the way down to retrieve their ball.
Spieth informed ESPN.com he cannot bear in mind the precise date of his final gap in a single.
“It by no means left the flag,” Spieth stated. “I knew it was going to land someplace across the gap. It is my first one in in all probability three or 4 years. I form of had a three- or four-year streak the place I had a number of and I have been shut out for some time.
“I’ll rely it. It was a kind of the place it most definitely would have stayed in. Hopefully it is a good omen.”
Spieth performed only one spherical of the match to boost cash for out of labor golf caddies, becoming a member of Romo’s group on the ultimate day of the 54-hole occasion.
In an try to forestall the unfold of Covid-19, the occasion was performed with out galleries and gamers weren’t allowed to have caddies. Golfers weren’t allowed to take away the flagsticks and no rakes had been used within the bunkers.
As a result of he solely performed one spherical, Spieth had no likelihood to win the occasion. That honour went to PGA Tour rookie Scottie Scheffler, who completed forward of Norway’s Viktor Hovland and Will Zalatoris. Scheffler shot a final-round 67 to win by one.
Speith with an Ace or Double Bogey on 17? It sunk within the gap, bounced out (we imagine 100% due to the spacer – see scuff marks on new ball) and rolled again within the water. Romo determined it might be counted as a gap in a single, besides for his or her guess. pic.twitter.com/NTHzWnXWlt
— Ryan Frazer (@AgoraGolf) April 30, 2020