Jordan Spieth nearly 100 percent after bacterial infection, ready for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Jordan Spieth is coming off a miserable two weeks.

In the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego last week, Spieth continued to lose a battle with a stomach bug, one that wrecked his second round. With a 78 last Thursday on the South Course, his PGA Tour-best streak of 20 consecutive cuts made came to an end.

While he’s not 100 percent, he’s feeling better, has added back most of the weight he has lost the last 14 days, and is a definite go in this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

“I should probably be at 100 percent by Thursday, would be my guess,” Spieth said Tuesday at Pebble Beach. “I mean everything was just kind of running through me. I got a bacterial infection in my stomach and had to get on some meds and I didn’t know that until I finished my round Thursday, the second round, but the test had come back before I teed off and it was what they were testing for and I didn’t see it until I got done or I may not have played.”

Spieth said his illness started when he took antibiotics to deal with a sinus infection, but that, he said, “destroyed my stomach, as it does.”

And then the bacterial infection came calling.

“It was about five or six days straight of it being pretty bad and I thought it was just going to get better and when it didn’t and when I was playing and I started to feel it while I was playing I was like, I got to go figure out what’s going on,” he said. “My parents even, they were like, ‘Yeah, you just did not look like yourself on, whatever, PGA Tour Live or whatever.”

For what it’s worth, he does look a lot better than he did last Thursday.

And he’s feeling a lot better, too, because this is AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am week, a tournament he won in 2017 and one that boasts some of the most spectacular meetings of land and sea.

He’s finished in the top 10 in five of his nine starts here, his most recent coming when he tied for third last year.

“It’s arguably the most beautiful place in the United States, especially for a golf lover it’s got to be a No. 1 spot,” he said. “And then when we get the forecast that we have this week, it just amplifies how amazing it is to play these golf courses and I’ve played well here, I think in part because I’ve kind of fallen in love with the tracks but also because I have a great time with (country music singer and actor) Jake (Owen). We go out there, he keeps me light and we try and kind of feed off each other as if we’re playing a round at home.

“So I look forward to this week. Yeah, the rounds are long and such, but there’s plenty to look at while we play these courses. So always really embraced it and had success because of that.”

On Tuesday, he played a practice round with Patrick Cantlay, the reigning FedEx Cup champion who also tied for third last year at Pebble.

“Jordan loves competition,” Cantlay said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s throwing a water bottle in the

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By: Steve DiMeglio
Title: Jordan Spieth nearly 100 percent after bacterial infection, ready for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
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Published Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2022 00:59:33 +0000

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