I would have first predicted a meteor striking Earth before Jordan Spieth missed a cut at the Masters.
Only the latter occurred in 2022.
Spieth couldn’t tame tough Augusta National conditions, posting 74-76 to finish two off the 4-over cut line.
He’s still afforded plenty benefit of the doubt at ANGC.
Spieth went T-2nd (69-68-74-69), first (64-66-70-70) and T-2nd (66-74-73-73) in his first three Masters starts from 2014-16.
He finished top-25 in four of his next five starts and made eight cuts in a row prior to 2022.
"“I think a lot of it, I’ve really fared well on the greens. Whether I’ve come in putting well or even in tough putting years, the ball seems to find the hole here, when I get on the putting surface,” Spieth was transcribed by ASAP Sports in 2021. “I think a lot of that has to do with speed control. I think mid-range and even long-range putting and touch putting is more important here than it is just about anywhere else. I would say that over anything else has been the biggest strength over the years.”"
Current form doesn’t necessarily mean a lot heading into Masters week for a guy like Spieth.
With that said, he’s been trending toward a win coming his way soon in 2023. The Texan owns top-10s at the WM Phoenix Open (T-6th), Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard (T-4th), and Valspar Championship (T-3rd). He’s made five of seven cuts in the 2022-23 PGA Tour season.
Spieth is slowly improving his putting from 155th in strokes gained per round (-.207) to 77th (.098).
He knows these bent grass greens as well as anybody.
Spieth is 27th in SG tee-to-green (.914).
What isn’t included on the stat sheet is Spieth’s proclivity hitting from varied lies. His creativity and shotmaking skills are enhanced at a venue like this more than your everyday PGA Tour course.
I don’t think he has enough magic to win this week, but Spieth landing in the top five and having a shot on Sunday seems plausible.