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Jordan Spieth says he landed a 12-foot shark and everyone just believes him

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After a thrilling U.S. Open victory, Jordan Spieth headed to the Bahamas with a bunch of friends to celebrate, snorkel, fish and enjoy the weather. Here, according to Spieth, is a thing that happened during that trip:

He and his company were riding a boat back to land after snorkeling. They decided to fish for tuna off the side of the boat, but kept having to battle sharks for their bounty. Spieth had one tuna on the line, then ...

"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 12-foot 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.

That's via ESPNGolf Digest and the PGA website wrote stories on this press conference, too. Everyone ran with it. No one, it seems, wondered aloud if he had any evidence of this ordeal. This, as far as I can tell, is the only photo taken on that trip:


A photo posted by Jordan Spieth (@jordanspieth) on

Listen, I've seen Jordan Spieth play golf brilliantly enough that I believe he could do anything. He could totally catch a shark. He could catch a damn giant squid if he wanted to.

But he's telling us that over a two-hour struggle with what was, in his estimation, a record-sized beast (h/t Barry Petchesky), no one bothered to take a photo or video? I understand you don't go snorkeling with your electronics, but not one of the people on board had the technology to document this? If they don't have photos, can we at least have a friends press conference to corroborate this story?

If we're all just gonna take Spieth at his word, I guess that's fine. He is the champ after all. I'm just saying there's usually a higher threshold of proof for this kind of feat and I'd like to see some evidence before I award him my coveted Golfer Who Is The Best At Catching Sharks Of The Year Award. WE AT SB NATION DEMAND THE TRUTH.

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