Two-for-one

Spi­eth reels in two more big ones, in­clud­ing a shark

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Ev­ery­thing is com­ing up in pairs for Jor­dan Spi­eth, even when he’s fish­ing. And these were big fish, too. The Mas­ters and U.S. Open cham­pion was in the Ba­hamas with his best friends to celebrate his sec­ond straight ma­jor ti­tle when they threw a line in the wa­ter on the way back from snor­kel­ing.

Spi­eth got a tuna and was fight­ing with it for close to an hour, as small sharks kept ap­proach­ing to try to get the fish.

“The cap­tain was scar­ing them off, bang­ing on the boat and on the wa­ter,” Spi­eth said Tues­day at the John Deere Clas­sic.

“And all of a sud­den, it just rips back down again. And I al­most got pulled in. And it was so much heav­ier.”

There was a rea­son for that, as Spi­eth soon found out.

The bat­tle con­tin­ued un­til Spi­eth said he couldn’t move his arm any longer. He took a break to use the bath­room and asked the cap­tain to take over, and then Spi­eth grabbed the rod again.

Fi­nally, it sur­faced. Only it wasn’t the tuna.

“What sur­faced was like a 12foot long, 300-pound black tip shark that had eaten this tuna and then had hooked it­self,” Spi­eth said. “So I guess I caught both in one be­cause I got that shark.”

Spi­eth was in a group of eight friends from Dal­las, in­clud­ing his girl­friend, and there was no room on the boat for a shark. The cap­tain man­aged to get the hook out and send the shark on its way.

“It was a cool ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

AP PHOTO

PGA golfer Jor­dan Spi­eth an­swers ques­tions dur­ing a news con­fer­ence Tues­day at the John Deere Clas­sic in Sil­vis, Ill.

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