Jordan Spieth’s Lucky Bounce off a Fan Saves His Tournament at The Players Championship

Jordan Spieth was facing an early exit from the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Pointe Vedra Beach, Florida on Friday.[0] He was standing on the 18th tee box and hit a monster fade shot that saw the ball go from his left and way too far to the right, destined for the water.[1] That’s when an unlikely hero stepped in.[2]

The ball struck a spectator in the knee and ricocheted back onto the fairway, saving Spieth’s tournament.[3] He went over to the fan to thank him and gave him a signed glove.[4] The fan then gave the glove to a kid.[2]

“It was going in one of the waters, and I guess it hit the cart path and short-hopped off the guy's knee and then went out in the fairway forward, as well, and it must have been – the way for it to go off of him, it also then went off his knee, up in the air, over some of the water,” Spieth said.[5] “I mean, it's the equivalent of flying a green towards a hazard and hitting a grandstand and coming back on the green in a way. Needing to probably birdie to make the cut, I can't really birdie having to drop it over in the right rough over there after hitting my third. It would have been a one in a million make. Instead, I ended up making a 3.”[6]

Spieth shot a 3-over 75, which kept him in the tournament for the weekend and gave him a nice payday. This was a nice ending to a tournament that has generally not been kind to Spieth over his professional career.[6] Over the span of seven years, from 2015 to 2021, he failed to make the cut on five occasions. His best performance was finishing in a tie for 41st place in 2018, followed[7] The tournament did not take place in 2020.[7]

Spieth has endured a near-decade of frustration at the Stadium Course, but his lucky bounce off a fan gave him the chance to keep his tournament alive and make the cut.[8] He will now have the opportunity to work his way up the leaderboard during the weekend and hopefully finish on a high note.

0. “Knee-ded it: Jordan Spieth saved by fan, then chips in to safely make Players cut” Golf Channel, 10 Mar. 2023,

1. “Jordan Spieth gives amazing gift to fan who saved his tournament” msnNOW, 12 Mar. 2023,

2. “Jordan Spieth, Jason Day use mid-round surges to stay in position at Players Championship” Golfweek, 10 Mar. 2023,

3. “Jordan Spieth Drills Fan With Tee Shot, Saves Ball From Landing In Water!” TMZ, 10 Mar. 2023,

4. “Golf fan takes it on the KNEE to ensure Jordan Spieth avoids water and makes cut”, 10 Mar. 2023,

5. “Jordan Spieth's ludicrous eagle should have settled the great PGA Tour cut debate” National Club Golfer, 10 Mar. 2023,

6. “How a fan accidentally aided Jordan Spieth making the cut at 2023 Players Championship” CBS Sports, 10 Mar. 2023,

7. “Jordan Spieth gifts fan who saved errant tee shot from going in water, helped him make cut: ‘Sorry & thanks!'” WGMD Radio, 12 Mar. 2023,

8. “Players Championship 2023: Jordan Spieth ‘really confident' for TPC Sawgrass” The Florida Times-Union, 8 Mar. 2023,