Jordan Spieth received a huge slice of luck at Bay Hill on Friday when, playing his final hole, he found trouble up the left hand side of the 18th. However, after a series of events which included a left handed stance, a cart path and a rules official, the three-time Major winner was able to receive a drop and secure a bogey, something which could have been far, far worse after his tee shot.
According to those in attendance, the drive didn’t reach the 200 yard mark and didn’t get more than 30-feet off the ground. From there, things got a little hectic, with Spieth’s ball coming to rest against a fence and just a mere foot or so from a cart path.
Because the American couldn’t get relief from the fence due to it being a boundary line and, because he couldn’t set up to the ball right handed, only left, he was able to take relief from the cart path and drop to the right of it, allowing for a full swing.
Reading this, you may think that the rules were bent in a severe way but, in the second round, Spieth went through the process meticulously with the on-site rules official.
Speaking after his round to the Golf Channel, the 29-year-old stated: “There’s that little space in between the cart path and the out of bounds so I had no stance to hit it right-handed, but I had enough room to hit a shot left-handed to punch it up the path up the rough.
“That would have been a better shot than taking an unplayable so that’s what I would have done. And given that, I was standing on the cart path so I took left-handed relief on the other side, and then from there, I’m allowed to play it any which way I want to.”
Currently, Spieth sits two shots back of the lead, with the American explaining his drive off the 18th hole. “I was very prepared to grab another golf ball. I was trying to hit a drive that I don’t know the last time I’ve ever hit a drive that way, like easy and head high and drawing. I mean, I just didn’t want to hit 3-wood. I thought the wind was like hard enough for a 3-wood to get in the air, but a driver, if it was smashed, could run into the water.
“So I was trying to like hit a low one that held the wind that didn’t get up in the air much and I drop-kicked it, which I don’t think I’ve ever done on Tour. So, yeah, like I said, I’ve hit a lot of good tee balls. That one wasn’t one of ’em. So I just want to hit a couple of ’em that aren’t that way.”
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