Jordan Spieth hasn’t finished inside the top 10 in a stroke-play event since winning the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February.
So, what’s going on with the former world No. 1, Spieth fans around the world are wondering. Well, the young Texan addressed that question ahead of the Byron Nelson.
“The problem this year so far has been my opening rounds. I just haven’t had it. I’ve been behind the 8-ball too many times,” Spieth told reporters.
He’s right…at least with respect to recent play. Spieth carded an opening-round 75 at Augusta National and fired an opening 73 at The Players last week. That’ll put you behind the 8-ball indeed. He also indicated that one part of his game is working well, another lets him down, and by the time he makes adjustments, it’s too late.
“It’s just like I’m losing coin flips,” Spieth told reporters.
Generally, Jordan Spieth said he’s pleased with the state of his ballstriking, but that his wedge play and putting aren’t where he’d like them to be. And, interesting from a man regarded as one of the best putters on the planet, he said he hasn’t seen enough putts fall to really be confident with the flatstick.
“It’s close,” Spieth said, in overall summation of where his game is at as the U.S. Open looms.
Close? Let’s see if Spieth’s comments hold water.
Looking at Spieth’s statistical performance this season, he has dropped from 32nd in strokes gained: off-the-tee to 115th in the category. Interestingly, his approach game (which he sought to improve entering 2017) has gotten better, as he’s jumped from 87 to second. His normally superlative putting hasn’t been up to snuff.
Second last year in strokes gained: putting, Spieth is presently 39th. Overall though, his “close” remarks hold water in the final tally: Spieth was ninth in strokes gained: total last year and has slipped just four spots to ninth last year.
Interestingly, as GolfWRX reports, Jordan Spieth may be abandoning the 009-style Scotty Cameron putter he’s used since arriving on Tour. Instead, Spieth may try a mallet-style putter at some point at TPC Las Colinas. We’ll see if it jumpstarts his performance.