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Justin Thomas waited one year for the perfect roast of Jordan Spieth at the Hero World Challenge

November 30, 2022

This time last year was a much simpler time in professional golf. No LIV drama, no OWGR bashing, no uncertainty of what was to come in the future. Pre-LIV, the worst thing a player could do was commit a rules infraction, like, say, I don't know, teeing off from the wrong tee box.

People forget, that's exactly what Jordan Spieth did in the Hero World Challenge last December, committing his second penalty of the tournament. What was supposed to be a stress-free week in the Bahamas quickly became a troublesome one, at least on the rules front, for the three-time major winner. As the story goes, the par-5 ninth tee box at Albany was moved up on Sunday, and the par-3 17th tee box was moved back to where the ninth tee box was a day before. Prior to the final round, players had been alerted of the switch.

But Spieth, and playing partner Henrik Stenson, clearly missed the memo, playing the wrong tee box in the final round. They were each hit with a two-stroke penalty:

Fortunately, being that the Hero is a glorified hit-and-giggle, it wasn't all that big of a deal, and both Spieth and Stenson were able to laugh it off. Let's be honest, did any of us even remember this even happened? 

Justin Thomas, a good friend of Spieth's as you may have heard, certainly remembered. And like any good friend, he waited an entire year to roast his pal, tweeting out an instruction video for Jordy to watch before teeing it up at Albany again this week:

Friends helping friends. You love to see it.