Jordan Spieth denied ace due to COVID-19 security measures

THE ANGELS: Jordan Spieth return to the tournament Golf On Thursday, he was highlighted by the three-time main winner, a victim of new security measures implemented due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Spieth played in a group with a retired NFL star Tony Romo as he and other PGA Tour professionals gathered at an unattended invitation-only charity event in Dallas.

Spieth was denied a hole-in-one at the par 17 for 110 yards 17 after his tee shot flew directly into the cup only to hit a plastic insert and bounce and roll in a water hazard.


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The ball didn't stick because the organizers of the Maridoe Samaritan Fund Invitational inserted plastic social spacing strips into each cup for protection so that players didn't have to bend as far to retrieve their ball.

Spieth said he doesn't remember the exact date of his last hole-in-one.

It never came off the flag, Spieth said. I knew it was going to land somewhere around the hole. It is the first in probably three or four years. I had a three or four year streak where I had some and have been banned for a while.

I'm going to count it. It was one of those where he probably would have stayed. I hope it bodes well.


Spieth played just one round of the tournament to raise money for out of work Golf caddies, joining Romo's group on the final day of the 54-hole event.

In an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the event was played without galleries and players were not allowed to have caddies. Golfers were not allowed to remove the flag poles and rakes were not used in the bunkers.

Because he only played one round, Spieth had no chance of winning the event. That honor went to the PGA Tour rookie Scottie Scheffler , who finished ahead of Norway Viktor Hovland and Will Zalatoris . Scheffler shot a 67 of the final round to win by one.