Golf’s version of a time machine came to life Saturday afternoon in Phoenix in the space of about 20 minutes when Jordan Spieth became Jordan Spieth again.
If you missed it, Spieth holed a 36-foot birdie putt on the pandemic-muted par-3 16th hole then drained a 29-footer for his 10th birdie of the day on the 17th hole en route to a 61. Suddenly, it was 2015 again.
Jordan Spieth’s relevance on the weekend at the Waste Management Phoenix Open brought back memories. Photo: Gregory Shamus, Getty Images
After making the bomb on 16, in front of a couple thousand fortunate fans rather than the usual raucous 15,000 or so, Spieth told caddie Michael Greller his only regret was the noise they missed.
It would have been a roar that reached beyond the moment because it felt like a precious something lost had been found.
Ultimately, Spieth sputtered on Sunday, shooting a flat 72 that left him tied for fourth, two behind winner Brooks Koepka. The bigger takeaway was that Spieth was relevant on the weekend again.
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