Spieth made an impact at The Northern Trust with a third-round 64 to vault into the lead. While he was unable to convert the 54-hole lead, caught down the stretch by a white-hot Dustin Johnson, the fact that he was able to open up that five-shot lead in the first place shows his focus in these Playoffs. Tested and proven on all the biggest stages in golf, Spieth is now dead-set on his second FedEx Cup championship.
Spieth’s history at TPC Boston isn’t particularly incredible, but it’s solid, and when you combine that with his recent form you’ve got a recipe for success. Spieth finished tied for fourth here in his 2013 debut, but hasn’t broken into the top-20 in three trips since. Ironically, his worst finish came in 2015; drained from the expectations of chasing the Grand Slam, Spieth missed back-to-back cuts to open the Playoffs. Of course, he still came back to win the title at the end.
Spieth may not have prevailed on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean he’s not in winning form. He led the field at Glen Oaks in birdies, and ranked third in both strokes gained: off the tee and strokes gained: putting. Most weeks, those are championship stats. On Sunday, DJ went bogey-free, Spieth didn’t, and that was the story. The next time Spieth puts himself in a spot like that, expect things to turn out differently.