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Jordan Spieth Nearly Falls into Lake Michigan after Circus Shot at Ryder Cup

by Chris Haney
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During Friday’s Ryder Cup opening day, American golfer Jordan Spieth hit an insane shot from a terrible lie before amusingly almost falling into Lake Michigan.

Spieth got himself into some trouble on the 17th hole at Whistling Straits earlier today. A poor shot sent his ball down the side of a steep hill on the edge of the green into the rough. It was about the worst possible lie he could hope for as the ball rested on the hill in extremely long grass. Yet he somehow made the best of the situation with a miracle shot that he couldn’t even see where it landed.

The three-time major champion could barely see the top of the Hole 17 flag from his position. He swung away before stumbling down the steep hill trying to catch his balance along the way. Spieth finally came to a stop just short of falling into Lake Michigan.

As he turned around, he couldn’t see his ball, but he didn’t need to. He could hear the Ryder Cup crowd go crazy as they cheered on his amazing shot. Spieth somehow managed to land his circus shot within feet of the hole. Everyone, including the announcers, were stunned at the remarkable shot.

“Oh, what a shot! Can you believe that?” one announcer said during the broadcast.

“He nearly fell in Lake Michigan. That’s what you call a follow through,” the second announcer hilariously added.

The Americans are looking for just their second Ryder Cup victory in the past six tournaments. They led 3-1 after the morning foursomes with Spieth and Thomas losing the only match of the day for the United States.

Bryson DeChambeau Hits Spectator with Errant First Tee Shot at Ryder Cup

Jordan Spieth isn’t the only American to have a notable shot today at the Ryder Cup. But Bryson DeChambeau likely wanted his first tee shot back after he drilled a fan with his golf ball.

During the opening hole of Friday’s session, DeChambeau sent an errant tee shot wide left into the rough where numerous spectators sat. After sitting out of the first round on Thursday, he teamed up with Scottie Scheffler for today’s session. The duo played against the Spaniard Jon Rahm and Englishman Tyrrell Hatton as the foursome competed at Whistling Straits.

DeChambeau went big with his opening tee shot, which isn’t a surprise for the golfer who is known for his powerful swing. He had high hopes of driving the green, but it wasn’t meant to be. The 2020 U.S. Open champion broke out his driver and sent his first shot to the left of the fairway. The poor drive traveled left and went over a sand trap before drilling a woman on her right leg. The Ryder Cup fan immediately grabbed her leg as the man sitting with her attended to the spectator’s golf ball-related knock.

Thankfully, the woman seemed to be alright following the unexpected incident with Bryson DeChambeau’s golf ball. Further, the eight-time PGA Tour winner miraculously got himself out of the early jam and finished the hole with a birdie.