Media Center Interviews

April 7, 2024

Final Round Interview with Jordan Spieth

Q. Jordan, just kind of takeaway from the week? It was obviously a little bit of everything, including a new car. Just your thoughts on the week?

JORDAN SPIETH: Yeah, I think my plan in here, I had come off two missed cuts so I wanted to kind of find out really where I'm at and really feel like I made progress. I felt like my game's actually been in a better place than other years and it just hasn't shown for it in the last six, eight weeks. But I wasn't exactly sure. So I think it proved it this week. A couple mistakes. I played the par 5s over par, which is one of my best stats of the year, and I lost like three around the greens, which is also a strength of mine. So it was a very weird. So if I just do those things normal, I've got a chance to win. And there's always ifs, ands and buts. I feel like I came into the week unsure if I would -- if I was confident in being able to win next week and I think I come out of it saying I've got a couple things I've got to work on, but overall I think I'm in a good place to be able to have a chance. Mission accomplished in that sense, but I do wish that I didn't kind of give away a few that I gave away this week.

Q. The world wants to know, can you walk us through 18 yesterday?

JORDAN SPIETH: Yeah. I should have just hit it left handed out into the fairway. I thought I could get it -- I asked the rules official, he told me there's no out-of-bounds and that if you could get it up here and you know where it is, then you drop it by the scoreboard, which is better than if I were to hit it lefty up towards the fairway.

So I tried, it didn't come out very good and sure enough I was left with the same kind of situation on the next shot and then I did it. If I didn't three-putt, I maybe felt like I would have saved a shot, but ultimately I could have just re-teed and made a better score. It was -- yeah, it looks weird. I actually played a really, really solid tee to green golf course this week and of course highlighted by a weird hole yesterday that makes it look all crazy. But I was just asking questions and to be honest, if it was out of play here, I probably would have made a better score playing the normal route out. I thought I could finagle a stroke, saving a stroke out of it and it didn't quite do so.

Q. What exactly was your target on the shot?

JORDAN SPIETH: I just needed to get it far enough up to where I would be close enough to the pin to where my drop would be past the hazard. So I had to get it far, but you still had to know where the ball was.

Q. You were not aiming for the gutter?

JORDAN SPIETH: No, I didn't -- I didn't know it went into that.

Q. What did you hit?

JORDAN SPIETH: I hit a 7-iron first and then I hit a gap wedge. The 7-iron, I just caught cactus. The ball was just nestled in the cactus, I didn't have a whole lot.