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Spieth takes ‘incredible’ chipshot before nearly falling into Lake Michigan at Ryder Cup

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Jordan Spieth takes an ‘incredible’ chipshot as he balances precariously on an extreme slope before nearly tumbling into Lake Michigan at the Ryder Cup

  • Jordan Spieth made a remarkable break from the side of a couch on Friday
  • He lost his balance and found himself walking down the slope to the lake
  • Despite his best efforts Justin Thomas missed a crucial putt on the 17th











Jordan Spieth nearly ran into Lake Michigan after a remarkable break from the side of a bench during the opening session of the Ryder Cup in Whistling Straits on Friday.

Spieth played in the first foursomes game and had a tough approach from a steep slope after his partner Justin Thomas missed the 17th green in the American pair’s game against Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia from Europe.

The grass on the bench was also ankle high and Spieth couldn’t see the green from his position well below the level of the putting surface.

Jordan Spieth made a remarkable break from the side of a bench in Friday’s foursome

The grass on the bank was also ankle-high and the American couldn't see the green

The grass on the bank was also ankle-high and the American couldn’t see the green

Remarkably, he managed to make firm contact with a wedge and the ball fell nicely within a few feet of the hole.

Spieth didn’t notice this, however, as he lost his balance while taking the shot and found himself descending the slope toward the large lake, which runs on one side of the Wisconsin lane.

It looked like the 28-year-old wouldn’t be able to stop as he approached the water, but he just managed to stop his momentum in time.

“I don’t think I exaggerated that fall, you know how steep it is,” Spieth said afterwards. “Once I started moving, I thought, ‘I have to keep moving until I find a flat spot.’

Spieth lost his balance and found himself walking down the slope to the great lake

Spieth lost his balance and found himself walking down the slope to the great lake

Despite Spieth's best efforts, Justin Thomas missed what was a crucial putt on 17th

Despite Spieth’s best efforts, Justin Thomas missed what was a crucial putt on 17th

“It’s one of those shots that you practice as a kid for fun and end up not wanting to have.

“And the odds of it going there — you could roll a thousand balls off the green and it won’t stay where it was.”

An impressed Garcia said, ‘I was clapping. I was hoping he wouldn’t hurt himself, but he made an incredible shot.

“I didn’t think there was any chance he’d get it on the green.”

However, despite Spieth’s best efforts, Thomas missed a crucial putt and Rahm and Garcia won the match 3 and 1.

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