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Jordan Spieth Amazes World With Performance After Covid
Dallas golfer Jordan Spieth wrote one of the most amazing chapters in golf history Thursday by shooting an incredible 63 during the first round of the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament. The nine-under par effort left him tied for first place at that time. It wasn't that long ago the former Texas Longhorn was forced to drop out of a tournament because of a bout with covid.
Spieth Tested Positive For Covid Three Weeks Ago
The superstar golfer disclosed recently he came down with the virus about 10 days after the Masters, according to ESPNNews.The 27-year old Texan further said, "Nobody I was around ever got it. And then it was the Wednesday of New Orleans when I started my symptoms....and it was bad for a day and a half, and then it was just kind of annoying for the next five days. Kind of lost energy and sinus stuff."
Nobody Caught Covid From Spieth
Speaking from the TPC-Craig Ranch near Dallas, Spieth also said, "Nobody I was around ever got it. And then it was the Wednesday of New Orleans when I started my symptoms."
Spieth Felt Normal About 10 Days Ago
The winner of three majors, said he got his full strength back about a week and a half ago, saying, "I would say the last week and a half now, I've been acting as if it never happened. I've just gone about my days....feeling full of energy and able to hit kind of full workouts and practice sessions and all that kind of stuff. So it just kind of set me back a little."
Rapid Test Told Spieth He Had Covid
The winner of the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open, revealed a rapid test first told him he had the virus. He then took two PCR tests which confirmed the diagnosis. He was forced to withdraw from the Valspar Golf Tournament because of his illness..
Champion Quarantined at Home
Spieth, who once led the Longhorns to a national championship, quarantined in his Dallas home. His wife Annie, did not get the virus.
Spieth Advises Others to Follow Covid Protocol
The now healthy Spieth continued, saying, "It's certainly been a big deal for a lot of people. I'm not downplaying that. I'm just saying as far as me getting it, I'm one of the very many who have gotten it and youjust go about the process of what you're supposed to do: stay at home, stay away from people, wait untill you get cleared, and then go back to work."
How Did Spieth Shoot a 63 So Soon After Covid?
Many people are shaking their heads in amazement that Spieth was able to perform at such a high level on a golf course such a short time after climbing out of his sick bed. A 63 on the TPC-Craig Ranch Course is nine par which would be incredible under any circumstances. But to accomplish such a feat a little over a week after suffering from such a dangerous plague, is really remarkable.
Speculation Before AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament
A great deal of speculation hung in the air before the start of this week's AT&T Byron Nelson Golf Tournament as to how well Spieth could perform with such a short recovery time. The course is located in the north Dallas suburb of McKinney and is demanding, especially for a covid survivor. Stretching for 7, 468 yards it would present a long hike even for a person not recently attacked by the virus. Could Spieth summon up the energy to meet such a daunting challenge?
Spieth Last Played Course Nine Years Ago
Spieth disclosed he'd played the course in one tournament before nine years ago when he was still in high school. What a long and winding road he has traversed in that time. After winning three of the four major tournaments of the world, he was ranked number one in the universe.
Spieth's Comeback Historic
Spieth, the winner of the 2015 Masters, followed that up with dramatic championships at the U.S. Open and British Open through 2017. That streak alone places him among the alltime elite golfers.
Hitting a slump after that, as all golfers do, he has probably been the best golfer iin the world this year by almost winning yet another Masters and doing well in all the other tournaments he's entered.
Epic Comeback Continues At AT&T Byron Nelson
Spieth remains in contention at the 2021 Byron Nelson this week. A second round score of 70, or two under par, Friday keeps him high on the leaderboard. How he has managed to do so well after his bout with the pandemic, is difficult to explain. Not only has he survived, but he has thrived.
Players Who Had Covid
Several PGA players have had covid. The first player was Nick Watney at the RBC Heritage on June 19. Others include Padrig Harrington, Mark Wilson, Jim Herman, Bill Haas, Kramer HIckock,, Henrik Norlander, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson and Tony Finau.
There are others on the list not as well known. None of them has come close to duplicating Spieth's 63 following the illness.