How injured is Jordan Spieth? This is what he had to say

Jordan Spieth is playing the PGA Championship this week despite a nagging wrist injury. 

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Thu, 18 May 2023
How injured is Jordan Spieth? This is what he had to say

Jordan Spieth is putting in the effort to try and achieve the career Grand Slam this week despite a nagging wrist injury. 

The three-time major champion needs a win at the PGA Championship to complete the incredible feat that's only been done by five other people. 

It's been nearly six years since the 29-year-old won his last major, The Open at Royal Birkdale in 2017. He won it that year by three strokes over Matt Kuchar

Spieth then went through a tough period of golf where he constantly struggled to find his way into contention.

It resulted in a long winless period on the PGA Tour before finally claiming his 12th career victory in 2021. 

Now, the current World No. 10 has a solid chance to win this week at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, however a nagging wrist injury may be getting in his way. 

Last week Spieth withdrew from the AT&T Byron Nelson, a tournament in his home state of Texas that he regularly attends. 

However, despite his surprise withdrawal, Spieth says he's ready for this year's second major. 

"I wouldn't play if I didn't think I was in good enough shape to be able to play," he told reporters following a practice round on Wednesday. 

He later elaborated:

"It's not fun if you don't think you have a chance to win, and so if I felt like I was limited in a way that would affect my chances, there'd be no reason for me to feel like playing because then I could further damage it and that's not worth it," Spieth said, adding:

"I feel like I can get into every position with the speed that I want to be able to produce the scores. It's just a little rusty on the reps, especially up the bag." 

He also spoke about the only aspect that could become an issue this week with his wrist issues:

"It's more like anything that I have to flick over like a high bunker shot or a high flop shot, like then those you wouldn't really have those as often as any other shot."
 "I just don't have the reps. I'd like to have them for a major, but I'm happy that I'm able to play because I certainly didn't think so a week ago."

Spieth will tee off in the early wave Thursday for the first round of the PGA Championship in a group with Shane Lowry and Viktor Hovland

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