Jordan Spieth battled illness to keep him on hand at the 122nd US Open

Brooklyn, Massachusetts – His legs felt like they were jelly-o and on the verge of vomiting, Jordan Spieth considered quitting this week for the first time in his career.

“I wasn’t doing very well” after making the cuts at the US Open, he said in the parking lot on Friday, which is no small feat considering the way he started that tournament.

“I’ve never been in this situation before and luckily I’m starting to feel a little better, so I said I’d stick with it and see how it goes. I hope things get better every day.”

Indeed, it has been an eventful week already for Spieth, who had aspirations to add a second US Open Cup, but fell ill late on Tuesday night after attending a Boston Red Sox game.

“I was dead in my bed,” he said.

High temperature. goosebumps. no sleep.

Spieth got to the course early Wednesday morning, but mostly to see a doctor on site. He prescribed an anti-nausea medication, put it on for about 15 minutes, hit a few balls and thought he’d lose them.

He said, “When I was swinging a 52nd degree, I was like, Wow, I’m feeling dizzy and I’m going to vomit. “

Spieth left the course, literally sick to his stomach, and frustrated with his misfortune. He’d had a solid week of preparing at home and was excited to take on Brookline, a course that seemed perfectly suited to his match.

Early Thursday morning, Spieth managed a short warm-up before a 7:29 tee time. Despite being in a prime location in fairway, he stunned three of the first four holes and looked visibly ill.

“I was really tired and weak,” he said, “and it’s hard to play the US Open like that.”


Full field scores from the US Open


Moving better around the turn, Spieth managed to play 1 under the rest of the way, posting a respectable 2-over 72. By Friday afternoon, he felt marginally better, signing on to the 70 that gave him at least tee time over the weekend. Seven bullets are back.

“This is the only tournament you’re still in, no matter where you stand after two rounds,” he said.

Having traveled alone this week, Speth thinks he just had a stomach virus for 48 hours at the worst possible time. In golf’s toughest test, this was his own version of the Jordan Flu game.

“Yes,” he said, “but for a few Jordan flu games they’ve already started, there are a hundred where people play like s-t. I’d rather be at 100%.”

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