One of the most compelling storylines of the 2021 PGA Tour season continues to be the career resurrection of the three-time major champion Jordan spieth, who was stuck in a four-year-old winless bog earlier this year, with each season being worse than the last.
Spieth missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open in January. From there, he started a streak where he recorded eight top 10s in 11 starts, highlighted by a victory at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. He had several more advances on Sunday, but relearning how to win, which was much easier for him, he couldn’t keep up.
The victory was the 12th of his career, which is still remarkable at the age of 27. His last major victory dates back to the Open Championship 2017.
“Yeah, that was just a – having the consistency that I had is very nice,” Spieth said Tuesday at Muirfield Village, ahead of the 2021 Memorial.
“I mean, I got a month off and was able to come back and play pretty solid golf over the past three weeks.”
Despite his recent game, the state of his mental game could be called into question this week at Muirfield Village. At last week’s Charles Schwab Classic, held near his hometown of Dallas, Spieth was the crowd favorite as he held a one-stroke lead over 54 holes.
Unfortunately for his legion of fans, he missed three of his first four holes and finished with a 3-over 73, which saw him finish second by fellow Jason Kokrak, who himself had shot a pretty pedestrian. . Down by one in the last hole, Spieth desperately needed to put pressure on Kokrak, but sent his approach into the water, thus ending his attempt for a second win of the year.
With a psyche that could be considered somewhat fragile, it’s fair to wonder if scar tissue will be an issue at Jack’s Place this week.
Spieth doesn’t think so.
“Over the weekend I got a bit of rest and had to, I guess, do what I could, which is a tough position to be in when you’re leading, but still almost made it. last week. ”Spieth said.
Even with his recent struggles, he still managed three T13 finishes or better in his last four starts in this event. His best result was a T3 in the 2015 edition, finishing two strokes away from the playoffs between David Lingmerth and Justin Rose.
“It’s still one of our favorite saves for a number of reasons,” said Spieth. “One, the clubhouse, the milkshakes, the food, the treat.
“And then two, and probably more obvious, is the golf course itself. This is one of the funniest, toughest but purest types of trails that we play all year round, even with most of the holes changed it seems like it always is, which is. quite remarkable in a year.
“And this is a golf course where you just can’t, you can’t fake nothing.
“I mean you’re either on or you’re not and you can see guys shoot 6 cents and you see guys shoot 6 in the same round and there are very few golf courses that give that kind of disparity in scores throughout a season.
“So it’s always pretty fun not only to test your game on one of the coolest tracks out there, but with a few weeks before the US Open it really brings out the flaws in where you are at and of what you need to do. kind of job to get into a major.
Spieth will be associated with Bryson De Chambeau and Patrick cantlay for the first two tours at the Memorial.