The countdown clock to Master’s action reads 13 days. With THE golf tournament looming ahead, Jordan Spieth is already looking forward to the end. Quizzically, he remains a slight favorite to win the green jacket, despite bemoaning the major. So why?
Recall the 2016 Master’s day one: Spieth led by 2 stokes following a masterful 66. Moving on to day two, Jordan shot four bogeys and a double bogey on a tough day for everyone. Fast forward to day three at the par-3 12th hole, a moment in Jordan Spieth’s career that he would like to forget.
Rough stuff for any golfer to watch. Naturally, with the Master’s only two weeks away, reporters have been prodding Jordan Spieth about last year’s collapse. When asked at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Spieth said:
“No matter what happens at this year’s Masters, whether I can grab the jacket or I miss the cut or I finish 30th, it will be nice having the Masters go by.”
The reason Spieth gave the lackluster attitude is because the Master’s is a universally known golf tournament. Meaning non-golfers tune in and so the boys at the country club weren’t the only ones watching his unfortunate collapse.
While Jordan seems undaunted by last year’s play at Augusta, other players aren’t so sure. Rory McIlroy, when asked about collapses (which he knows plenty about) told reporters:
“That might be the way he’s approaching it. But if he doesn’t banish those demons or win this year, the questions will always still be there. I still get questioned about the back nine at Augusta in 2011. It’s just something you have to deal with.”
Jordan Spieth’s worst finish in any Master’s tournament was second, including his “major collapse”. With a dominating performance at Pebble Beach in 2017, does he really have anything to worry about? The expectations are extremely high for golf’s Golden Boy, but Jordan’s confidence at Augusta is unmatched: “I believe that I’ll be back up there sooner or later, just the way that we play the golf course, the success we’ve had and the comfort level I have there.”