What Next for Jordan Spieth
Go back to the end of the Open Championship in 2017 and you will find a smiling Jordan Spieth holding the Claret Jug. It was only a few days before his 24th birthday and the young American golfer had the world at his feet.
Let’s not forget this was the third major title of his career following wins at the 2015 Masters and US Open. There were thoughts that Spieth could win each of the four major golf tournaments in one year or at least hold all four at the same time.
However, fast forward to the 2018/19 PGA Tour season and Spieth’s came to an early end having failed to qualify for the Tour Championship. Since the Open win at Royal Birkdale in the summer of 2017, Spieth has failed to win a golf tournament.
He started the 2019 season by missing the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii and finished T35 at the Farmers Insurance Open. Having been a shot off the lead at the halfway point in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Spieth fell away over the final two days, with over par rounds to end the tournament in 45th place.
The Genesis Open in February was promising as Spieth was tied for 4th place going into the final round. Playing conditions were not easy but Spieth could not have believed in his worst nightmares what was about to happen. He ended with a final round of 81 which included a quadruple, triple and double bogey.
Spieth then missed the cut at the Players Championship for the fourth time in five years and it was a disappointing start to the year.
The 26 year old needs to add the PGA Championship to complete the career grand slam and produced a good performance to finish T3. He was six shots off the winner, Brooks Koepka but it was the first top ten finish for Spieth in 2019. Things were looking up as Spieth claimed two more top ten finishes before entering the US Open.
However, Spieth could not compete with those at the top of the leaderboard and finished 65th before missing the cut at the Travelers Championship. A T20 finish at the Open plus a missed secondary cut at the Wyndham Championship were two of the main reasons why Spieth ended the season without a win and without a place in the Tour Championship.
It was the second year in succession Spieth has been without both a win and a Tour Championship place. So, is there any comfort to take from 2019?
The answer is yes. Looking at Spieth’s putting record for 2019, he produced a career-best in strokes gained putting. Even better than his famous 2015 campaign, which shows his putting has been excellent. However, Spieth’s strokes gained off the tee have been poor, producing career worst results. The same applies to strokes gained on approach.
So, it is clear where Spieth needs to improve to get back to the top of world golf. It will be interesting to see if his putting stats are enough to be included as a captain’s pick for the 2019 Presidents Cup.