Jordan Spieth described his Texas Open victory as “monumental” after the former world number one finally snapped a title drought lasting almost four years.
After waiting 1,351 days, Spieth celebrated a victory thanks to Sunday’s triumph at the Texas Open, where the three-time major champion won for the first time since the 2017 Open Championship.
Spieth posted a six-under-par 66, which included seven birdies, for a two-stroke win ahead of Charley Hoffman and his 12th PGA Tour crown.
“This is a monumental win for me,” Spieth – 2015 Augusta winner – said ahead of the Masters, which gets underway on April 8. “It’s been a long road. There were a lot of times that I didn’t know I would be here.”
The 27-year-old and 2015 Texas Open runner-up became the 92nd player in Tour history to reach 12 wins and moved into a tie for 82nd on the all-time list.
Five players in the last 40 years have earned 12 titles before turning 28 – Phil Mickelson (27 years and 209 days), Tiger Woods (23 years and 243 days), Rory McIlroy (27 years and 124 days), Justin Thomas (26 years and 251 days) and now Spieth (27 years and 251 days).
Spieth added: “There’s peaks and valleys in this sport, but I never expected to go this long.
“Back then, in between wins, maybe I took things more for granted than I should have. It’s very difficult to win out here and I’ll certainly enjoy this one as much as I have any other.”
Spieth threatened to break through this year, having either been leader or co-leader at the Phoenix Open and Pebble Beach Pro-Am before finishing tied for fourth and third respectively.
“I’ve had a chance on Sundays three or four different times in the last two months, and today was by far the best that I played,” Spieth said.
“Just to see those putts go in, I felt like I was doing everything right those other Sundays and I hit good putts and they wouldn’t go in. Today I hit a couple that I didn’t quite strike very well but they went in.”