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Jordan Spieth’s 3-year slump was caused by a previously undisclosed injury

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Speculation was rife as to the reason why Jordan Spieth’s game fell off the map in recent years, and the mystery looks to now be solved with Spieth revealing that he had been suffering from a chipped bone in his left hand.

Speaking ahead of this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Spieth told media that the injury most likely occurred in the gym and that while he stressed the injury “was very much a reason” for the dramatic slump in form, he feels he “could have handled it differently”.

The Texan also revealed that it wasn’t an injury he had surgery on and one which caused a lot of pain while working on a grip change with coach Cameron McCormick.

“I didn’t, no (have surgery), I probably should have. It was nothing — it was something that was you can clean it out or you can, it’s not going to make anything worse, it’s just a matter of how bad it’s bugging you and it was for awhile there, kind of in the spring of 2018 through that fall, and then it got a little better probably because I started swinging so poorly.

But, yeah, I mean I don’t feel it now, which is nice. Needed to work on some grip strength stuff and stuff like that. I’m not, I mean I could pinpoint a couple different times, I think, but for the most part I just started noticing it when Cameron was trying to get my grip strengthened and I just kept fighting him on it because it would hurt and just didn’t — you know, just didn’t really know what to do and ended up just kind of playing through it and trying to figure stuff out in the off-season.

So it feels good now. I’m able to kind of start to get to do things closer to the way I want to in the swing, trying to progress each week and I have no restrictions right now.”

A rejuvenated Spieth has notched four top-20 finishes in his last five starts on tour and now sits 52nd in the Official World Golf Rankings, having been 82nd at the end of 2020.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Pingback: Jack Nicklaus on Jordan Spieth winning Valero Texas Open before Masters

  2. Garrett

    Mar 24, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    It must have been tough taking shots from everyone while in pain, not saying anything about it. Kudos to you Jordan, I hope you steamroll everyone in Augusta.

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2021 Masters: Full Viewer’s Guide

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It’s that time of year again, with the 2021 Masters getting underway this week from Augusta National Golf Club.

A host of players will be looking to make dreams a reality this week, and ahead of the event, here’s a rundown of all the coverage you can tune in for come Thursday.

How to watch the 2021 Masters

Thursday

8:30-10:30 AM: Masters on the Range (CBS Sports Network / Masters Live)

9:15 AM-7:30 PM:  Featured Groups  (Masters Live / Masters.com)

10:45 AM-6 PM: Amen Ccorner  (Masters Live / Masters.com)

11:45 AM-7 PM: 15 and 16 (Masters Live / Masters.com)

3-7 PM: Opening Round  (ESPN)

8 PM: Opening Round Encore (ESPN)

11:35-11:50 PM: Highlights (CBS)

Friday

8:30-10:30 AM: Masters on the Range (CBS Sports Network / Masters Live)

9:15 AM-7:30 PM:  Featured Groups  (Masters Live / Masters.com)

10:45 AM-6 PM: Amen Ccorner  (Masters Live / Masters.com)

11:45 AM-7 PM: 15 and 16 (Masters Live / Masters.com)

3-7 PM: Second Round  (ESPN)

8 PM: Second Round Encore (ESPN)

11:35-11:50 PM: Highlights (CBS)

Saturday

11 AM-1 PM: Masters on the Range (CBS Sports Network / Masters Live)

10:15 AM-7 PM:  Featured Groups  (Masters Live / Masters.com)

11:45 AM-6 PM: Amen Ccorner  (Masters Live / Masters.com)

12-6.30 PM: 15 and 16 (Masters Live / Masters.com)

3-7 PM: Third Round  (CBS)

8 PM: Second Round Encore (CBS Sports Network)

Sunday

11 AM-1 PM: Masters on the Range (CBS Sports Network / Masters Live)

10:15 AM-7 PM:  Featured Groups  (Masters Live / Masters.com)

11:45 AM-6 PM: Amen Ccorner  (Masters Live / Masters.com)

12-6.30 PM: 15 and 16 (Masters Live / Masters.com)

2-7 PM: Final Round (CBS)

8 PM: Final Round Encore (CBS Sports Network)

As for what you can expect from the weather this week, per Weather.com (As of Monday April 5), thunderstorms could well play a factor come the opening day.

 

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Brooks Koepka set to play the Masters; takes cryptic shot at Brad Faxon

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Undergoing knee surgery just three weeks ago doesn’t look enough to keep Brooks Koepka out of the Masters as the 30-year-old gears up for his return to action at Augusta.

The four-time major champ played four holes at Augusta on Sunday – 1, 2, 8 and 9 – following a short range session, according to ESPN golf correspondent Bob Harig, and afterwards, Koepka told the reporter:

“If I knew I was going to finish second, I wouldn’t have shown up. Seven days out of surgery, I was hitting balls. I don’t think anybody expected this. I didn’t know.

Seven days out of surgery, I was hitting balls. I don’t think anybody expected this. I didn’t know.

The goal was to play Augusta and so we were going to see if we could play. We were hopeful we were going to be here. A couple of bad days or anything like that it could set you back quite a while.”

Koepka has been teasing a return on his social media sites over the past few days and took a cryptic shot at putting instructor Brad Faxon on Sunday.

Faxon had previously suggested that Koepka would be out for 6-8 months, and it produced this response, drawing on the Michael Jordan ‘The Last Dance’ documentary, from the 30-year-old:

Can Koepka compete for his first green jacket if he tees it up on Thursday? Let us know what you think!

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2021 Masters odds: Dustin Johnson favorite to go back-to-back

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It’s Masters week, and the man to beat is still the defending champ Dustin Johnson, according to the books. DJ will begin his defence as a 9/1 favorite for the tournament, but the pack of challengers are not far behind the multiple major champ in the betting.

Jordan Spieth’s victory at the Valero has propelled the Texan up to second on the board at 10/1, while big-hitting Bryson and the 2021 Players champ Justin Thomas are both 11/1 shots to triumph for the first time at the Masters.

Check out the full list of 2021 Masters odds (as of April 5) courtesy of BetOnline.ag.

  • Dustin Johnson 9/1
  • Jordan Spieth 10/1
  • Bryson DeChambeau 11/1
  • Justin Thomas 11/1
  • Jon Rahm 12/1
  • Rory McIlroy 18/1
  • Patrick Cantlay 20/1
  • Xander Schauffele 22/1
  • Brooks Koepka 28/1
  • Collin Morikawa 30/1
  • Patrick Reed 35/1
  • Tony Finau 35/1
  • Viktor Hovland 35/1
  • Daniel Berger 40/1
  • Paul Casey 40/1
  • Sungjae Im 40/1
  • Webb Simpson 40/1
  • Cameron Smith 45/1
  • Lee Westwood 45/1
  • Tyrrell Hatton 50/1
  • Hideki Matsuyama 55/1
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick 55/1
  • Scottie Scheffler 55/1
  • Sergio Garcia 55/1
  • Tommy Fleetwood 55/1
  • Jason Day 60/1
  • Joaquin Niemann 70/1
  • Adam Scott 80/1
  • Bubba Watson 80/1
  • Louis Oosthuizen 90/1
  • Matt Wallace 100/1
  • Abraham Ancer 110/1
  • Billy Horschel 110/1
  • Justin Rose 110/1
  • Corey Conners 120/1
  • Will Zalatoris 120/1
  • Gary Woodland 125/1
  • Matt Kuchar 125/1
  • Matthew Wolff 125/1
  • Phil Mickelson 125/1
  • Shane Lowry 125/1
  • Max Homa 135/1
  • Brian Harman 150/1
  • Harris English 150/1
  • Jason Kokrak 150/1
  • Marc Leishman 150/1
  • Christiaan Bezuidenhout 175/1
  • Dylan Frittelli 175/1
  • Ian Poulter 175/1
  • Si Woo Kim 175/1
  • Victor Perez 175/1
  • Cameron Champ 200/1
  • Francesco Molinari 200/1
  • Kevin Kisner 200/1
  • Robert MacIntyre 200/1
  • Ryan Palmer 200/1
  • Sebastian Munoz 200/1
  • Kevin Na 225/1
  • Carlos Ortiz 250/1
  • Danny Willett 250/1
  • Lanto Griffin 250/1
  • Matt Jones 250/1
  • Zach Johnson 250/1
  • C.T. Pan 300/1
  • Bernd Wiesberger 400/1
  • Brendon Todd 400/1
  • Charl Schwartzel 400/1
  • Mackenzie Hughes 400/1
  • Henrik Stenson 500/1
  • Stewart Cink 500/1
  • Bernhard Langer 750/1
  • Brian Gay 750/1
  • Hudson Swafford 750/1
  • Jim Herman 750/1
  • Jimmy Walker 750/1
  • Martin Laird 750/1
  • Michael Thompson 750/1
  • Mike Weir 750/1
  • Charles Obsorne 1000/1
  • Fred Couples 1000/1
  • Joe Long 1000/1
  • Robert Streb 1000/1
  • Tyler Strafaci 1000/1
  • Jose Maria Olazabal 2000/1
  • Vijay Singh 2000/1
  • Ian Woosnam 5000/1
  • Larry Mize 5000/1
  • Sandy Lyle 5000/1

Who is your money on for Masters glory, WRXers?

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