Jordan Spieth triumphs again four years later

The American, who has not won a title since 2017, won the Valero Texas Open in the week leading up to the Augusta Masters. Rafa Cabrera Bello, 24th.

The American Jordan Spieth was proclaimed this Sunday champion of the Valero Texas Open tournament by completing the fourth round with a record of 66 strokes (-6) and accumulating 270 (-18), two less than his compatriot Charley Hoffman, who ranked second ( 272, -16) .

With the victory, Spieth, who has not won a PGA Tour title since 2017, is filled with confidence to face the Augusta Masters next week.

Spieth recalled old times when when he reached the fourth round the victory was assured, in fact that was what happened from the Vivint Houston Open 2015 to the Northern Trust 2017.

The outstanding product of the University of Texas (Austin) held the lead after 54 holes a dozen times, winning nine times and finishing the other three as runners-up.

But then the 11-time PGA Tour champion fell into a depression that no one could foresee, especially for someone so young and seemingly at the beginning of a long period of dominance.

A 2017 season that saw him win three times, including the British Open, at Royal Birkdale, seemed to have disappeared for the new season of 2021.

Even when Spieth got back in shape in recent weeks, holding the 54-hole lead three times since February, he was still missing a piece that was once his calling card and it was none other than knowing how to close tournaments.

This Sunday at TPC San Antonio's Oaks Field, things looked a lot like 2017 again.

Spieth withstood the attack of Hoffman, a former tournament champion, kept his cool and made big shots down the stretch, capturing his first title in 1,351 days, and in his home state no less.The new champion finished the round with seven birdies, including the one that made the par 4 of the 17th hole that ensured the victory, and committed a bogey.

The victory put Spieth in an interesting position heading into the next Masters, as his other three major triumphs, at the Masters (2015), US Open (2015) and Open Championship (2017) have followed similar patterns of good performances in previous tournaments.

Spieth will now attempt to become the third player since 1960 to win at Augusta after winning the week before the Masters.

Sandy Lyle did it in 1988 after winning the Greensboro and Phil Mickelson did the same after capturing the BellSouth Classic.

Hoffman, 44, matched Spieth's 33 up front and then birdied numbers 13 and 14 to keep up the pressure.He also got his best shot on the 16th hole with a putt of just over six meters that would be his sixth and last birdie, which put him within reach of winning the tournament again just one impact behind Spieth, who responded with the same coin in 17.

But the final stretch on the Greg Norman-designed course was Spieth's strong suit all week. He entered on Sunday at 10 under par on holes 12-18 and did not waver.

England's Matt Wallace (274, -14), who held the lead with Spieth heading into Sunday, never threatened third. American Lucas Glover took advantage of a great day (66, -6) to get closer to the top, but in the end he had to settle for fourth place (276, -12) .

The Indian Anirban Lahiri (278, -10) was fifth and the Americans Gary Woodland, Brandt Snedekery and Chris Kirk, all with 279 (-9), shared the sixth place.

Colombian Sebastián Muñoz finished ninth with a cumulative 280 (-8), since he shared with Americans Patton Kizzire and Cameron Tringale, who was leader in the second round.

While his compatriot Camilo Villegas, who led the first round with a record of 64 strokes (-8), finished seventeenth with a cumulative of 283 (-5) after having a final record of 72 (par) .

The Mexican Abraham Ancer, who went from less to more, occupied the twenty-third place with 284 strokes (-4) when completing Sunday's round with a signed score of 70 (-2) .

The Puerto Rican Rafael Campos finished in 34th place with 286 (-2) and the Spanish Rafael Cabrera, who achieved his best round of the tournament with 68 strokes (-4), accumulated 287 (-1) to be twenty-fourth.

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