‘Is that Jordan Spieth to a T or what?’ Spieth nearly hits fan, makes next shot

Jordan Spieth hits his second shot on Thursday on the 11th hole at the Summit Club.


Jordan Spieth neared Louis Oosthuizen, and even Oosthuizen, as stoic as they come on the PGA Tour, was laughing. Spieth embarrassingly dropped his head and shoulders and offered a fist bump. Oosthuizen would add a few chirps, too. 

“Look at Louie,” analyst Curt Byrum said on the Golf Channel broadcast. “He’s like, that is unbelievable. That is you, Jordan.”

Indeed. Spieth, during Thursday’s first round of the CJ Cup, hit his tee shot some 30 yards right of the green on the 251-yard, par-3 11th at Summit Club, nearly hit a patch of sitting and presumably safe spectators — only to pitch in, with a bunker in front of him and water behind the green. That is Jordan, who’s made a career of going left or right, only to go up and in on the next shot. 

“Is that Jordan Spieth to a T right there or what?” Byrum said on the broadcast. 

“Us mere mortals are worried about either skulling it into the water, dumping it into the bunker — he makes it,” analyst Trevor Immelman said. 

Spieth, after hitting the tee shot right and onto a downhill lie, was 34 yards right of the hole, about 20 yards right of a greenside bunker and about 50 yards right of water that was left of the hole. Spieth took a few practice cuts, swung, club-twirled and dropped his ball about 10 feet short of the hole. A fan yelled, “Go in,” and it did for a birdie 2. 

“What a shot,” Byrum said on the broadcast. “Way to take some guts, with water on the other side of this green right there staring you in the face.” 

“He knew it, too,” Immelman said. “You see the club twirl after that? He knew it came out perfect.”

The birdie would be part of four straight for Spieth. 

“So good,” Byrum said on the broadcast.  

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Nick Piastowski

Nick Piastowski

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Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories across the golf space. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native is probably playing the game, hitting the ball left, right and short, and drinking a cold beer to wash away his score. You can reach out to him about any of these topics — his stories, his game or his beers — at nick.piastowski@golf.com.