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Jordan Spieth reveals post-Ryder Cup injury, thanks to his day job of being a father

Jordan Spieth disclosed that he suffered a wrist injury at home one week after competing at the Ryder Cup.

Jordan Spieth, Hero World Challenge
Jordan Spieth at the 2023 Hero World Challenge.
Photo by Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Jordan Spieth is a family man with two young children not yet old enough to attend preschool.

So, when he is not on the golf course, he is busy caring for his young children like any strong father would.

But after representing the Americans at the Ryder Cup, Spieth re-aggravated his wrist, which he revealed Tuesday ahead of the Hero World Challenge.

“I was very shocked when I reinjured it,” Spieth said.

“I was reaching for a toaster to make my son breakfast, and I was just supporting it on the shelf. It just made no sense because I’m like, ‘What’s going to prevent this from happening at any other point in time?’ And now I’m [going to be] out two-plus weeks, so I feel good about that not being the case going forward.”

Jordan Spieth, PGA Tour, Hero World Challenge
Jordan Spieth discloses his re-aggravated wrist injury at a press conference before the 2023 Hero World Challenge.
Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images

Spieth initially injured his at the Wells Fargo Championship in early May and had to play through the pain a couple of weeks later at Oak Hill.

“It ended up being a nerve thing, which is nice because I wasn’t doing anything either time that I hurt it that should have caused what happened,” Spieth added.

“Both MRIs were very similar. I shouldn’t have been in pain and lacked mobility like I had initially after it happened. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense off the MRIs, so then I did a bunch of tests and some work. It turns out it was my ulnar nerve, which is nothing to mess with, so I’ve been trying to take it very carefully.”

The ulnar nerve helps a person move their forearm, hand, and some fingers, an essential body part for anyone, let alone a golfer. It extends from the shoulder all the way to the palm, which helps explain why Spieth did not play competitively anywhere this fall.

Yet, he indicated that he and his team had resolved the issue.

Spieth feels good and is ready to compete again, and he will have “no reservations” in the Bahamas.

The three-time major champion last won the Hero World Challenge in 2014, a mere months before his triumph at Augusta National and his thrilling victory at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko for more golf coverage. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough too.