Jordan Spieth ends winning drought with victory at Valero Texas Open

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SAN ANTONIO -- Jordan Spieth tapped in for par to win the Open Championship for his third major and 11th victory in just five years on the PGA TOUR. He never imagined he would go 1,351 days before he felt that way again.
He went 82 events on TOUR without winning. Once the No. 1 player, he was headed out of the top 100 in the world.

And now he's back.

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Spieth ended a mystifying slump Sunday by giving himself birdie chances and making most of them, closing with a 6-under 66 to hold off Charley Hoffman for a two-shot victory in the Valero Texas Open.

"There's peaks and valleys in this sport, but I never expected to go this long," Spieth said. "Back then, in between wins, maybe I took things more for granted than I should have. It's very difficult to win out here and I'll certainly enjoy this one as much as I have any other."

The only surprise was that he figured he would be more emotional. He was too busy holding off a spirited run by Hoffman, who went from a three-shot deficit with six holes to play to one shot behind. Spieth all but sealed it with a wedge to a back pin to 5 feet for birdie.

"This is a monumental win for me," Spieth said. "It's been a long road. There were a lot of times that I didn't know I would be here."

Now he heads to Augusta National as one of the favorites at the Masters Tournament. Even going so long without winning, the 12th win of his career allowed him to join some elite company. In the past 40 years, only Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and…
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