Jordan Spieth tees up for the Masters with first victory in four years

Padraig Harrington finished in a tie for 69th while Graeme McDowell ended up in 54th position.

Spieth won today's Texas Open.
Spieth won today's Texas Open.
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IT HAS BEEN a long time coming.

Four years to be precise. But at last Jordan Spieth is back as a winner following his victory here at the Texas Open in San Antonio. 

His winless drought ended here as Spieth, without a victory since The Open in 2017, secured his 12th PGA Tour victory, finishing two shots clear of Charley Hoffman, who started the round two shots behind Spieth and Matt Wallace.

Wallace finished third on 14 under, four shots shy of Spieth, two of Hoffman.

Some context is needed. This is not just any ordinary tour victory. Spieth, remember, did remarkable things early in his career. He was the second youngest player to become world No1; at 23 he was the second youngest to reach 10 PGA tour wins; that same year he was the second youngest to win three Majors.

Then came his slump.

There must have been times during the four-year drought when he wondered if he would ever win again. Today he did, his final round of 66 included seven birdies and just one bogey.

“I felt really good from the word go today,” Spieth said afterwards. “I felt like I wanted to come out and have some fun.

“The challenge for me on Sundays when I have been in contention recently has been to be light, to have fun. You know it has been a long road to get back here.”

Along the way his confidence suffered. “There were a lot of times when I was not sure if I would be here, talking about winning again.

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“I never really doubted myself to be able to get back but I did lose confidence. This is a monumental win for me.”

Irishmen Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington had disappointing afternoons – McDowell dropping 28 places from his overnight position to finish in a tie for 54th, following a two over round.

Harrington finished in a tie for 69th – dropping nine places from his overnight position.

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