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John Deere Traditional: Jordan Spieth makes 1st begin in 9 years

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Jordan Spieth is again within the Quad Cities for the primary time since his 2015 John Deere Traditional victory.

Thus far, it appears to be a sentimental journey for him as he reminisces on his historical past at TPC Deere Run.

Forward of the match, Spieth joined the media to replicate on his 2013 and 2015 victories and the way a lot has modified for him.

“I most likely spent a bit extra time on the course again then, however normally, my day-to-day on the course hasn’t modified a lot,” Spieth stated on Wednesday. “Off the course, it’s clearly very completely different.”

He has grown rather a lot from the younger 21-year-old child on Tour.

“I feel I attempt to be that child,” he stated. “I attempt to consider being that child each time I tee it up.”

Spieth is now a dad of two youngsters and has 13 PGA Tour wins.

Forward of the match, he, his son Sammy and his daughter Sophie went to ‘The Massive Dig,’

“I feel Michael [Greller] had essentially the most enjoyable,” he stated. “He and his two youngsters have been out driving tractors round. It was lots of enjoyable. It was full circle, proper? I used to be 21 the final time I used to be right here, and now I’ve obtained two youngsters that I took to The Massive Dig.”

He defined that his return to the John Deere Traditional had been on the desk since early spring, and fortunately, the timing labored out for his schedule.

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“I used to be fairly enthusiastic about the concept that I might be coming again the Deere this 12 months, now that we’re right here, it’s loopy,” Spieth stated on Wednesday.

“It actually does really feel like a second dwelling. It’s been actually cool, the reception I acquired since coming again sooner or later at Zach Johnson’s charity occasion after which a few days right here on the golf course. I don’t have assist like this wherever exterior of DFW, so hopefully, that continues this week, and I can choose up the place I left off.”

Spieth has solely performed on this occasion 4 instances. The John Deere Traditional gave him a sponsor exemption in 2012 when he completed T58. He would win in 2013, tie for seventh in 2014 and win once more in 2015.

Will he have related luck in his fifth begin? A lot has modified for him since his final begin within the Quad Cities.

Spieth has not had his greatest season on Tour in 2024. He has performed in 17 occasions and has simply three prime 10s and three prime 25s. The 30-year-old has additionally missed 5 cuts.

Final week on the Vacationers Championship, he completed T63. On the U.S. Open, it was a T41. Spieth missed the lower at Jack Nicklaus’ Signature Occasion, The Memorial.

The final time he completed inside the highest 10 was on the Valero Texas Open with a T10. Since then, it has been an up-and-down grind. Regardless of his performances in the previous couple of months, Spieth is among the many betting favorites.

Nonetheless, this week holds lots of weight for him. Spieth is at the moment No. 59 within the FedEx Cup rankings. He might want to discover some success within the coming weeks if he desires to play previous the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

Savannah Leigh Richardson is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By means of. For extra golf protection, observe us @_PlayingThrough on all main social platforms. You may also observe her on Twitter @SportsGirlSL and Instagram @savannah_leigh_sports.

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