The comparisons are already beginning to be made to Jordan Spieth’s 2015 U.S. Open victory at Chambers Bay to this year’s venue, Los Angeles Country Club.
Both feature wide fairways (by U.S. Open standards), short grass, and firm and fast conditions.
It remains to be seen if he can find that same magic (and good luck by Dustin Johnson collapsing).
What we do know is Jordan Spieth just showed us in his last start that he can play well at tough venues. He finished T-5th a couple weeks ago at a designated event, the Memorial Tournament.
A wrist injury plagued him earlier this spring. Getting through venues like Oak Hill and Muirfield Village without further damage done is a good sign. Playing well was another bonus.
Spieth has yet to win in the 2022-23 PGA Tour season, though this was his sixth top-six.
This year at the majors produced T-4th at the Masters and T-29th at the PGA Championship.
Spieth’s a three-time major champ with his other titles coming at the 2015 Masters and 2017 Open Championship. In 41 career major starts, he’s made 35 cuts with 14 top-10s.
The resume at the U.S. Open shows eight of 11 made cuts with the only top-10 being his win. Spieth took T-37th last year at The Country Club.
The 29-year-old Texan is gaining strokes per round in every category this season on the PGA Tour. Spieth’s 20th in total SG (1.076). His putter has turned from a negative last season to a positive (.124, 75th) in 2022-23.
We saw him be the best putter on the planet early in his career, so there’s still room for the flat stick to improve even more.
Spieth is a gritty competitor who tends to not compound mistakes. He’s seventh in bounce-back percentage (27.13%).