Bubble Burst? Jordan Spieth is in danger of missing out

Jordan Spieth, 2023 BMW Championship, Olympia Fields,(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Jordan Spieth, 2023 BMW Championship, Olympia Fields,(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Jordan Spieth could be on the verge of watching his season end. Is he really in danger of missing out on a trip to the Tour Championship?

Imagine the scenario. Jordan Spieth is packing his bags and waiting for a call from U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Zach Johnson while he watches the season-finale Tour Championship from the comfort of his couch with the rest of us.

Meanwhile, Adam Schenk, who has contended on multiple occasions this season without finding the winner’s circle moves on to East Lake next week. Speaking of Schenk, two of the men who beat him to a trophy over the course of the season; Emiliano Grillo at the Charles Schwab Challenge, and Sepp Straka at the John Deere Classic, could also find themselves joining Spieth on the sofa while Schenk marches on.

This is all part of the chaos that is the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Jordan Spieth still has time to keep his season going, however. As for the Ryder Cup, well, he can probably wave goodbye to any dreams of automatically qualifying for the U.S. Team now.

The three-time Major winner required a solo-2nd at this week’s BMW Championship to guarantee one of the six automatic qualifying spots on Captain Johnson’s team. A three-way tie for 4th could have also gotten the job done. But that’s all out the window now.

Instead, he will have to hope that he has done enough to warrant a Captain’s pick. Guaranteeing his place in Atlanta next week wouldn’t hurt his cause either.

Could Jordan Spieth miss the Tour Championship?

Jordan Spieth came into this season’s second FedEx Cup Playoff event ranked 27th in the standings. Rounds of 68-70 and 72 this week at Olympia Fields mean that Spieth is currently projected to just miss that crucial Top 30 mark.

As things stand, Spieth would miss out on his first Tour Championship since 2020 after having advanced to Atlanta each of the last two seasons.

The margins are narrow, however, and the good news for Jordan Spieth is he still has 18 holes to change the outcome.

After winning an event in each of the last two years, the 30-year-old has been held winless in 2023 so far. Jordan narrowly missed out on defending at the RBC Heritage in April where he was edged out by Matt Fitzpatrick in a playoff.

All in all, Spieth has accumulated seven finishes of T6th or better over the course of the year. Making it all the more surprising that he hasn’t found the winner’s circle once again for a third consecutive year.

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Jordan Spieth won’t be winning the BMW Championship come Sunday evening, but he can at least ensure that he adds one more event to his calendar this season by putting together a Sam Burns-esque type of round during the final round of this year’s championship.

Let’s hope he does exactly that and joins Adam Schenk on the journey back down South.