Jordan Spieth pulls off ‘unbelievable’ chip shot while balancing precariously on extreme slope before almost tumbling into Lake Michigan at the Ryder Cup
- Jordan Spieth produced a remarkable escape from the side of a bank on Friday
- He lost his balance and found himself careering down the slope towards the lake
- Despite his best efforts, Justin Thomas missed what was a vital putt on the 17th
Playing in the first foursomes match, Spieth was left with a tough approach from a steep slope after playing partner Justin Thomas missed the 17th green in the American pair’s match against Europe’s Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia.
The grass on the bank was also ankle high and Spieth had no sight of the green from his position well below the level of the putting surface.
Jordan Spieth produced a remarkable escape from the side of a bank in Friday’s foursomes
The grass on the bank was also ankle high and the American had no sight of the green
Remarkably, he managed to make solid contact with a wedge and the ball dropped nicely within a few feet of the hole.
Spieth had no sight of this, however, as he lost his balance in the process of taking the shot and found himself careering down the slope towards the great lake, which lines on one side of the Wisconsin course.
It seemed the 28-year-old might not be able to stop as he neared the water but he just managed to halt his momentum in time.
‘I don’t think I exaggerated that fall, you know how steep that is,’ Spieth said afterwards. ‘Once I started moving, I was like, ‘I’ve got to keep moving until I find a flat spot’.
Spieth lost his balance and found himself careering down the slope towards the great lake
Despite Spieth’s best efforts, Justin Thomas missed what was a crucial putt on the 17th
‘It’s one of those shots that you practice as a kid for fun and you don’t ultimately want to have it.
‘And the chances of it going there – you could roll a thousand balls off the green and it’s not going it stay where it was.’
An impressed Garcia said: ‘I was clapping. I was hoping that he wouldn’t hurt himself, but he hit an unbelievable shot.
‘I didn’t think there was a chance he could get it on the green.’
Despite Spieth’s best efforts, though, Thomas missed what was a crucial putt and Rahm and Garcia won the match 3 and 1.