Jordan Spieth had a roller coaster round at the Northern Trust on Thursday. Amazingly, he didn’t take himself out of the tournament in the process.
Jordan Spieth had an up and down round on Thursday at the Northern Trust. In many ways, his first playoff round in the 2020 FedEx Cup playoffs was a microcosm of Spieth’s season on the PGA Tour.
Spieth’s day started off in terrible fashion. Playing the back nine first, Spieth hit the opening drive of his round into the right rough and had to pitch out. He found the rough on the left side of the hole on his second shot, stayed in the rough for the third shot, finally made it to the green with his fourth shot, then missed his putt for bogey. A double-bogey six is how Spieth started his day.
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He settled down a bit after that, making six straight pars to remain at 2-over through seven holes. However, on the 17th hole, Spieth’s eighth of the day, he hit the green in two shots, then three-putted for a bogey, dropping to 3-under par.
Spieth’s round could have gone totally off the rails at that point. But, to his credit, he made a miraculous turnaround, starting on the 18th hole.
On the par-5, Spieth drove it in the fairway, hit the green from about 230 yards out, then ran in his 17-foot putt for eagle to get to 1-over par. His 36 on the back nine could have been much worse.
The momentum from the eagle bolstered Spieth as he made the turn. And he carried that momentum to the first hole, where he left his second shot just six feet from the hole and made a birdie to get back to even par.
He the birdied the par-5 second hole. Then the third hole. And then the fourth hole. Suddenly, Spieth had gone from 3-over par to 3-under par in the span of five holes.
However, just like his regular season, Spieth was unable to keep it going. On the fifth hole, his tee shot found the fairway bunker, from which he was forced to chip out. After landing his third shot about seven feet from the hole, he missed his par putt to suffer a bogey and slip back to 2-under par.
Spieth would par the sixth hole before another birdie, this one at the seventh hole, got him back to 3-under par on his round. But he immediately followed with a bogey on the eighth hole to go back to 2-under. A par on the ninth hole closed out his round of 2-under par 69.
If Spieth is to ever be the player he once was, he needs to find his consistency once again. His round on Thursday, much like his entire season, is not the way to make that happen.