Apr 5th, 2021
Speith end the drought with Texas Open win
American records his first victory since the Open in 2017
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The fact he was playing in his home state of Texas made the win even sweeter for the 27-year-old.
"It's been a road that's had a lot of tough days. I've had people in my corner that have always believed in me even when I've kind of believed less in myself," said Speith after his win.
Speith who at one point dropped out of world’s top 100 had been showing a return to form in 2021 with three top finishes ahead of his win.
"I just feel a lot of gratitude to those who have helped me kind of get back here. My wife has been just a rock to me. This is my first win since we've been married, so it's been progressing this way since maybe December. Before that, there was a lot of tough times."
Spieth had seven birdies in a final-round six-under-par 66 to finish on eighteen-under-par two shots ahead of countryman Charley Hoffman. Hoffman once again came up just short as was the case the last time the event was played in 2019.
Speith shared the lead with England's Matt Wallace going into the final round. Wallace never got going in the final round and he closed with two late birdies for a round of 70 and sole ownership of third on fourteen-under.
Hoffman got to within one shot of Spieth's lead but a birdie from the leader at the 17th hole sealed a two shot win for Speith.
Lucas Glover finished alone in fourth place with India's Anirban Lahiri a further two shots back in fifth.