Spieth looks to break drought at hometown tournament
Jordan Spieth's wait for a first win since last year's Open goes on.
The Champion Golfer of the Year has managed a trio of top-three finishes since that famous day at Royal Birkdale last July.
But if there is one tournament he would love to break the drought at, it would have to be his hometown tournament.
The AT&T Byron Nelson switches to its new home in Southern Dallas this week at the Trinity Forest Golf Club.
Unlike its predecessor at the TPC Four Seasons, the new course has a distinctly links feel to it without a single tree on the course – ironic, considering its name!
And after the way Spieth played in the Open last year, as well as his tied-fourth effort at St Andrews in 2015, this should suit him.
As a 16-year-old, Spieth finish tied in tenth at the Nelson and that still remains his best-ever finish here – he missed the cut 12 months ago as Billy Horschel edged out Jason Day in a dramatic play-off.
In 2010, a standout 16-year-old junior golfer named @JordanSpieth wrote to the @ATTByronNelson Tournament Chairman, asking to be considered for a sponsor exemption.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 14, 2018
He not only made the cut but finished T16.
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In addition to Spieth, there will be five of the world’s top 25 in action in Texas.
Sergio Garcia – a two-time Nelson champion and now a Texas resident – will tee it up alongside the likes of Marc Leishman and Matt Kuchar.
Not to mention Hideki Matsuyama and Jimmy Walker – runner-up last weekend at Sawgrass and a major winner at the 2016 US PGA Championship.
Two-time Champion Golfer of the Year Ernie Els will also be in action, as well as former Masters winner Adam Scott.
Can Spieth end the wait for victory? He has looked so close to his best form again of late.
His Sunday charge at the Masters fell agonisingly short while a third-round 65 at Sawgrass was undone by a Sunday 74 alongside a charging Tiger Woods – Spieth ended up tied for 41st.
“I don’t know if it's a home-field advantage for me or not,” Spieth said. “I've played there a lot but so have a lot of guys [touring pros] who live in North Texas.”
IT’S A KNOCKOUT
Meanwhile, the European Tour returns to Belgium for the first time since 2000 as Thomas Pieters hosts the Belgian Knockout.
After the success of the GolfSixes earlier this month, this time around, players will compete over 36 holes on Thursday and Friday in normal strokeplay.
Once the cut is decided, the weekend becomes match play over nine holes in a knockout format to decide the winner.
Ryder Cup star Pieters will be itching to prove his worth on home soil while Chris Wood and Richie Ramsay are also in attendance.
And keep an eye out for Romain Wattel and Mike Lorenzo-Vera, who combined to impressve effect in the GolfSixes last month as they ended up as tournament runners-up.