Don’t look now, but Jordan Spieth is starting to get a little bit more of an edge to his game. Just when you’re ready to write him off – be it for a single round, tournament, or even a month – he turns things around and comes back better than ever before.
Case in point: Spieth won early this year at Pebble Beach, but that was immediately before Dustin Johnson started winning everywhere he played. Sergio Garcia won the Masters, and Spieth was good, but it felt like something was just a little bit off. A tie for 35th place at the U.S. Open had many of us wondering if this was going to be a “down” year, at least by Spieth’s ridiculous standards. He is human, after all. Right?
While that hole-out from the bunker at the Travelers Championship might have been the shot that got everything back on track, it was just one of many that the young superstar has dreamed up over the last two months and change. Spieth took the momentum from TPC River Highland across the pond, and brought home the Claret Jug for his efforts.
It took a miraculous, heroic drive by Dustin Johnson to keep Spieth from claiming The Northern Trust, and as good as he played at TPC Boston, Justin Thomas was just a few shots better in their weekend shootout.
So why is Spieth ranked third this week at Conway Farms? Think of it less as third, and more as a 1-C type of situation. Not to say that Spieth doesn’t want to win every tournament he plays, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him focusing more of his energies on the Tour Championship next week, especially if he gets off to a slower start.