Genesis Invitational: Jordan Spieth continues positive momentum

Jordan Spieth is continuing to show that his recent performances and re-emergence into golf’s spotlight is no fluke.

“Is he back?”, that is a topic that has been growing increasingly popular with each passing week in recent times, and though Jordan won’t openly admit or accept that notion it is growing harder and harder to ignore the evidence that he is, or is right on the verge.

The past two week’s performances and results for Jordan Spieth have been well documented, first with his explosion into contention at the Waste Management Phoenix Open when he shot an electrifying 61 on Saturday to tie a career-best low round.  Then with his march into contention again at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am when one more time he held the lead going into the final round.

Still, questions remained coming into this week surrounding the idea of any type of “career resurrection” with Spieth falling at the last hurdle at both Phoenix and Pebble. But after another solid opening round performance at the Genesis Invitational, it is becoming increasingly difficult to shrug off the developing evidence.

Jordan Spieth sits T-12 after opening 68

Jordan pieced together another solid round on Thursday and continued his run of solid and encouraging tee to green numbers, an aspect that has been a constant part of his game in recent weeks.

At the conclusion of Thursday’s round, there were no big numbers on Jordan Speith’s scorecard, and on the few occasions that he did find himself in trouble, he was able to limit the damage recording just two bogey’s on a course that test’s every aspect of a players game.

Spieth also continued his excellent iron play throughout the first round marking a third consecutive event that he has gained in strokes gained approach as well.

So is Jordan Spieth back?

After his round on Thursday, Jordan was asked about his current run of results and whether or not it was building any type of momentum towards his game being back where it once was, Spieth responded with his thoughts on the matter saying:

I feel some moments where I kind of hit the shot and I have
that kind of step of confidence that I just, it’s kind of been missing. I’m gaining I think I can
use the word momentum into just gaining confidence, gaining confidence in what I’m
working on.
And that kind of belief has me going to bed at night wanting to go to work tomorrow and
wanting to go out there and trust what I’m doing. Whether we pull it off or not, just to make
progress. It gets me really excited about playing golf and for me that makes me happy. I
mean, it’s nice to be going to bed wanting to do what you love to do and you get to go do it.
Can’t take that for granted and I’m glad to be on this side of it right now.

Jordan, during his post-round interview, went on to acknowledge that he was making process towards where he wanted to be but reiterated the importance of staying focused and not taking what he has achieved so far for granted.

Spieth may have been reluctant to entertain any idea that his game is back at the level it once was like it was in 2017 when he last won, and rightfully so, but if he continues to play at this level, particularly at tough courses such as Riviera there will be no denying the fact that Spieth is most certainly “back”.