Jordan Spieth pulled a rabbit out of his hat Friday morning at the 43rd Ryder Cup during foursomes. In doing so, he nearly baptized himself in the process. Paired with Justin Thomas facing World No. 1 Jon Rahm and veteran teammate Sergio Garcia, the Americans needed to win the final two holes just to halve the match.
Spieth and Thomas came close to pulling it off after Spieth hit one of the best recovery shots of the early competition this week. It was a shot that would have lived in Ryder Cup lore if he had miraculously sank it.
After Thomas sailed his approach into the par-3 17th hole right into a nasty mound with a grueling downslope, Spieth -- with uneven feet facing a nearly impossible look at the hole -- drilled the recovery to within a few feet of the cup to give Thomas a clean look at a par save. He then took a few steps backwards before racing down the slope and nearly sprinting directly into the waters of Lake Michigan.
"I don't think I exaggerated that fall," Spieth said after the match. "You know how steep that is. But once I started moving, I was like, 'I've got to keep moving until I find a flat spot.' It's kind of one of those shots that you practice as a kid for fun, and you don't ultimately want to have it.
"The chances of it going there -- you could roll a thousand balls off the green, and it's not going to stay where it was. I hit like a 52-degree because a 60 might have gone over the back of my head. I just tried to flick it right underneath and hit it as hard as I could and as high as I could."
Thomas missed the par save as Rahm and Garcia took the match and scored the first point of the week for Europe, 3&1, but it doesn't take away from what may go down as one of the most incredible shots of the week at Whistling Straits.
"He hit an unbelievable shot," Garcia said. "I didn't think there was a chance he could hit it on the green."
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