Jordan Spieth is a top-10 machine at the WM Phoenix Open. In seven starts at TPC Scottsdale, he’s got four top-10s, including last year.
The Texan carded 71-63-69-70 in 2023 to finish T-6th. Spieth was second in the field in Strokes Gained: Approach (8.352) and 13th in SG: Around-the-Green (2.359). A cold putting week kept him from truly contending.
He was second in greens in regulation (79.17%) and T-4th in sand saves (83.33%).
His best result in Arizona was T-4th (67-67-61-72) in 2021. That 11-under third round a few years ago was one off of tying the course record.
Spieth comes into the week fairly well rested having played just twice in 2024 and with last week’s final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am washed out. Spieth took T-39th there.
He got off to a strong start to 2024 with solo third at The Sentry where 66-67-67-65 left him just two shots off the pace.
This season, the 30-year-old ranks 19th in SG Total (1.485) and is gaining strokes in every SG category.
Spieth has been a busy man lately with his work on the PGA Tour Policy Board. There’s a lot on these guys’ plates as they work to formulate the future of the PGA Tour and pro golf at large.
I think getting to the fun and silliness of the WM Phoenix Open will be a welcome distraction for Spieth. He hasn’t won since the 2022 RBC Heritage, so a new trophy is much desired for the 13-time career winner.