There was a point in time, not that long ago, when Jordan Spieth contended in every major. But at the 2020 U.S. Open, he proved that this is not that time.
Jordan Spieth was at it again on Friday at the U.S. Open. It’s funny because just a few years ago, that phrase would have meant something totally different than it does now.
In 2015, Spieth was the best golfer in the United States and, perhaps, in the world. He won the Masters that season. He added the U.S. Open title that summer. And he nearly won the PGA Championship later in the summer.
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Spieth was the PGA Tour Player of the Year and led the tour in prize money. So if we had said he was at it again that year, it would have meant that he was contending yet again. And no one would have been surprised to see Spieth near the top of the leaderboard.
Unfortunately for the 27-year-old Spieth, that is no longer the case. And on Friday, he got a double whammy. Not only is Spieth not playing well, but he also drew an afternoon tee time, which is when Winged Foot really reared its ugly head.
Spieth’s round was doomed from the start and just got worse as it went along. He opened with bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes, his first two holes of the day. After a par on 12, he bogeyed the 13th to move to 3-over.
He was able to par the 14th and 15th holes. But he closed his first nine with three straight bogeys to shoot a 6-over par 41.
Spieth continued to struggle as he made the turn. He would bogey number one and number two, slipping to 8-over par on his Friday round.
After a par on number three, Spieth double bogeyed the fourth hole. At that point, he was 10-over par just on Friday.
To his credit, Spieth held it together at that point, with three consecutive pars. But he bogeyed the eighth hole before a par on the ninth. Altogether, it was a round of 81, 11-over par.
For Spieth, it’s just another round, and another missed cut, as his struggle continues. He continues to trend in the wrong direction and needs to find something positive in his game soon.
It has been over three years since his last win, which is way too long for a player of his caliber. Here’s hoping Spieth can get his old game back. And soon.