As the hometown hero, Jordan Spieth entered the 17th green spectators applauded and praised like no one has experienced in the game before.
“That’s a moment that I’ll never forget. To be honest, even though it’s Saturday, you know, may or may not have any impact on this tournament, that was the coolest roar I’ve ever heard. Fantastic walking up to that green. Reminded me of Sunday when I was 16, hitting that tee shot is
the same pin and, you know, obviously wanted to make that putt more so than normal and when it had about two feet to go and it started to straighten out towards the cup, that was a pretty exciting moment. There’s nothing I could do after but just start smiling. That was really, really cool.” Said Spieth about the 17th Hole crowd.
The third round of the Byron Nelson was one of the most stressful rounds for Spieth and his loyal fans. Koepka lead the round with 16-under while Spieth trailed behind posting a 14-under in the third round after a bogey on the 18th hole.
“17 today was probably the loudest roar I think I ever heard on a golf course, which is pretty neat.” Said leader Brooks Koepka.
After the round, Koepka gave the press a lengthy interview on his approach and attitude for the final round.
“I’m just going to do me, work on the range after this, fix the ball striking, and stick with the same game plan.”
When asked if Koepka considered himself an athlete his response came out of left field.
“I’m not a big golf nerd, I’m not big on the history and when I’m home I’m definitely not watching golf. You have to train like an athlete too, go to the gym, and watch what you eat; it’s not just about putting hours on the range.”
Koepka and Sergio stayed on top during the final round of play while Spieth fell off the leaderboard.
Koepka’s two-putt par from 16-feet sent the pair to a playoff where Garcia claimed the AT&T Byron Nelson for the second time in his career.
Garcia’s first three rounds weren’t played as he anticipated but the last round was where it counted.
“To me the most important thing at the end of the day is how I played the last four holes and the playoff hole, to be able to call myself a two-time Byron Nelson champion is spectacular, I’m very happy about it.” Said Garcia.