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Spieth’s slump saw him fall out of the world’s top 100  - USA TODAY

Spieth’s slump saw him fall out of the world’s top 100 – USA TODAY

After a 1,351-day, near four-year wait, Jordan Spieth is finally a winner again. The American ended his infamous barren run – which stretched all the way back to the 2017 Open – with a two-shot victory at the Valero Texas Open.

That the 27-year-old’s comeback win was achieved in his home state only added to the excitement at TPC San Antonio, as, of course, did the fact that Spieth’s next assignment is the Masters, where he has a win and two runners-up finishes to his ever so popular name. Augusta 2021 just became that much more alluring.

“It’s been a long road, there were a lot of times when I wasn’t sure I’d be here talking to you again , wasn’t sure I’d be back,” Spieth said after a 66 for a 17-under total beat fellow countryman Charley Hoffman. “This is a monumental win for me.”

Spieth’s slump saw him fall out of the world’s top 100 as his confidence plummeted. But he never moaned, refused to sulk, answered every question put to him and declared that hard work and patience would provide the solution.

And after three top-fives in his previous five events, Spieth delivered his 12th PGA Tour title and at the same time thrust himself into contention for the major he so memorably won as a 21-year-old back in 2015. With fast and firm conditions awaiting in Georgia, the three-time major winner could even head the market by Thursday’s tee-off.

In third, two further shots behind, came Matt Wallace, the Englishman enjoying his best placing on US soil. The 30-year-old held the joint overnight lead with Spieth and expected more than a 70. But this was still a welcome return to form for Wallace and he, too, heads to his third Masters with self-belief restored after this useful outing.