ERIN, Wis. – Jordan Spieth, in case you haven’t heard, is a rather good golfer. He’s been a bit middling this week at the U.S. Open, spending the early part of the tournament hovering around 30th place, but on Friday he pulled off some pure, unadulterated magic anyway.
On the 578 yard par-5 seventh hole, Spieth made the bad error of putting his second shot into a mid-range fairway bunker. Going for it in two, as he tried, was smart, but leaving himself in a with a 50 yard bunker shot for his third was pretty much the worst thing he could’ve done.
But this is Jordan Spieth we’re talking about. He didn’t even make it look that difficult. Just stepped up and, facing a sandy lie to an elevated green sloped from left to right…
…landed it softly onto the green. The spot his ball dropped to earth was so perfect that it actually rode the break of the green, drifting gently towards the hole.
Naturally, he dropped that putt for birdie. It may not be remembered in a few year’s time, but nevertheless, it was an extraordinarily good shot.