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Jordan Spieth ‘stolen’ by top view of shot along cliff edge at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am


Jordan Spieth shot 63 in the third round at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Saturday, but he barely completed the first nine. After his ride on the eighth hole went too far through the fairway, it came to a halt on the literal edge of a cliff, meaning Spieth had to make a decision.

He could take an unplayable barrel, take the penalty shot and drop off the edge of the cliff. Or, you know, he can hit it off. The views on television made the decision seem easy, and yet Spieth went against what most would consider rational and decided to hit it off anyway.

“… It was like, ‘Well if I can get a swing on it and I can hit it, why would I take a drop then?’ You’re never over … a 65-foot cliff, so it’s an unusual situation, usually when you’re in danger you see a ball, you hit it. [Caddie] Michael [Greller] hated it. He tried to talk me out of it three times. I do not blame him when I look back. I’m just glad I got the number to make it worth it, because I do not think I would have equalized with a drop, but if I had made bogey, it really would not have been worth it. ”

The course figure was part of a 31 at the front to go with a 32 behind that left him T4 with just 18 holes left in a tournament he had previously dominated. A year after breaking into the mix here at Pebble, he’s right there again, just a shot behind the trio of Tom Hoge, Andrew Putnam and Beau Hossler, who hold the co-leader.

Spieth explained the mechanics of the shot he fired at the dull eighth in Round 3.

“… The foot was firm, but I did not have much space past where my left foot was, and the problem was that it was sloping down,” Spieth said. “Like, if it was flat, it’s not a problem at all. It’s the downhill that worries you, because you’re going to try and you’re going more forward to your left on a downhill to get the strike right. You want to your weight with the slope.I did not want my weight with the slope at that time.

“I almost sat there and said, ‘Is it worth it, because yes, I can get a strike on it, but I’m going to stand back for fear and just thin it in the water, you know, like kind of top it ‘So I just tried to weigh it for a minute and Michael … kept trying to talk me out of it, I just tried, I just tried to think clearly, like, what is the options here.

“If I felt I was really in danger of losing my life if I pulled the ball back and dropped it. It was not quite that bad. But it was enough to where I certainly could not put a normal swing or shot at. “

Listening to Spieth speak to me through his process is almost as frightening as watching it play out on television. Each angle is more frightening than the previous, and each quote is more incredible than the one before it.

“[Greller] said: ‘I just do not do it, I just do not see the point. I do not think it’s worth it. I just do not see the point. ‘ Such stuff, I think. He said that if it happened again he would walk, grab my ball and throw it into the water so I could not hit it. He said, “I should have done it.” He was like, ‘I just did not know what to do myself.’

Spieth further said that he told Greller he did not want him to approach the ball and just saw how dramatic the drop was because he certainly would not have let him hit the shot. But it may have been little compared to what the rest of his family thought. “

“I’m not really sure what’s going to happen [when I have to explain it to my wife], “he said.” I just saw the blimp shot from above and it really bothered me. So I can not imagine while she watched it live. They actually came out, my son was out at 3 and 4 for the first time ever and I do not know where they went from. And I do not know if they were over from the AT&T hospitality or something. So, yes, I mean, my parents are here too, so not only do I have to explain to my wife, I have to explain to my mother, my father. “

One thing is for sure with Spieth in the mix on Sunday at Pebble: even if the lineups and shots are not as dramatic and wild as they were on Saturday at no. 8 was not, will be the whole experience. Metaphor became a reality in Round 3 on Saturday when the best high-flying performance in sports was thrown to the side of an abyss. This is how he has been playing golf for the past 10 years. Now we only have the footage to prove it.





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