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The leg that saved Jordan Spieth

Spieth on silencing critics after his 2016 Masters collapse

Jordan Spieth calls his Colonial win "one of the most important days that I've ever had" because it will silence questions about whether he can rebound after his collapse at the 2016 Masters. Video by Jimmy Burch
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Jordan Spieth calls his Colonial win "one of the most important days that I've ever had" because it will silence questions about whether he can rebound after his collapse at the 2016 Masters. Video by Jimmy Burch

Ryan Palmer might be a Colonial member, but it was Dallas native Jordan Spieth who got a home-course bounce on No. 17 on Sunday.

After making birdie at 16 and taking a one-stroke lead over Harris English, Spieth hit his tee shot left on 17, but the ball bounced into the lower leg of marshal Dave Gustaf and kicked back right. It gently settled into the rough, leaving Spieth a clear path to the green.

When Spieth walked up to his ball he asked Gustaf if it had hit him, and when he said yes, Spieth gave him an emphatic "Thank you," drawing a chuckle from the crowd.

He also signed a glove and presented it to Gustaf, all while the tournament hung in the balance. Pretty cool customer, said Gustaf, a second-year volunteer who monitored the 15th fairway all week.

Asked if he'd ever been hit by a ball, Gustaf laughed and said: "I've hit people with golf balls, but this was a first."

After Gustaf’s “kick save,” Spieth would go on to birdie 17 and 18 to capture his first plaid jacket.

Jordan Spieth calls his Colonial win "one of the most important days that I've ever had" because it will silence questions about whether he can rebound after his collapse at the 2016 Masters. Video by Jimmy Burch

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