Jordan Spieth and His Abysmal Season With The Putter

Jordan Spieth, RBC Heritage, Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
Jordan Spieth, RBC Heritage, Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports /

Jordan Spieth has had a good season so far, he ranks 12th in the current FedExCup Standings, 13th on the Money List, and 12th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

But his performance on the greens this season has been by far the worst of his career to date.

Jordan Spieth is one of the most scrutinized and dissected golfers on the planet.

His career year in 2015 not only made him a fan favorite on tour, but it set unrealistic expectations for the rest of his career.

This season has been a nightmare for Jordan Spieth on the greens. When most people think of Jordan Spieth, they think of one of the best putters in the world who used to roll in clutch putt after clutch putt. That just hasn’t been the case this season.

Spieth’s putting by the numbers

Jordan Spieth ranks 147th on tour this season in strokes gained putting. He’s losing over a shot per round on the greens. Here are his PGA Tour ranks on the season by length of the putt:

  • 3 feet: 201st
  • 5 feet: 201st
  • 7 feet: 116th
  • All putts inside of 10 feet: 175th

Remember when he used to be the best on tour from outside of 25 feet? Not anymore. He ranks 151st on tour in that stat.

He’s also outside the top 100 in 3-putt avoidance. Spieth has lost strokes putting in 8 of his starts this season, this including during his lone win of the 2021-22 season back at the RBC Heritage the week after the Masters.

If Jordan Spieth was having just an average year putting, it’s not crazy to think he could have a couple more wins, and would have had a much better showing in the four majors than he has had.

What comes next for Jordan Spieth?

Jordan Spieth has shown the ability to bounce back after a less-than-stellar putting season. He ranked 123rd in putting in 2017-18  but followed that up the next season by ranking 2nd on tour.

With that being said, this season has felt different. It’s been an issue all season long and there haven’t been many hot weeks to give us confidence that he will break out of this putting slump anytime soon.

The missed short putts imparticular, have been an alarming and consistent theme this entire season.

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I wouldn’t be shocked to see Jordan make some major changes after the FedEx Cup Playoffs are over. Keep an eye out for a possible putter change heading into next season.

If Jordan Spieth gets back to his normal ways with the flat stick, we should see more wins, more contending in major championships, and a move up the Official World Golf Rankings.