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Golf: Speculating on Jordan Spieth

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

“One interesting thing about young Mr Spieth, who is still my pick as the guy who will make the biggest mark in the game when his career is finished, is how often he's in the hunt,” and that’s from John who’s a Canadian and not a biased Texan.

Best of the big three?

John headlines his post, “Spieth Will Be the Best of the Big Three,” to which I replied to on his blog post.
“Sorry can't agree.
He's way too reliant on his short game and particularly his putting.
Look at his putting stats including the no-putt (chip in) in his last nine holes.
Good on him and he's on a roll but no way is he going to be another Ben or Byron.
Having said that the Oakmont greens are very fast and he's best suited for these kind of greens. So in my book that makes him favourite.”

Spieth has more staying power?

John writes, “But Jordan Spieth is the ultimate competitor.  He just seems to find a way to get the ball in the hole.  He also finds a way to get it done without great power, or consummate ball striking.  He just possesses that rare ability to know where to miss it and to make more than his fair share of putts when he needs them.  His swing, though perhaps not as technically perfect as his two main rivals, will stand the test of time.  My bet is that Day and Rory, like Tiger before them, will eventually wear themselves out and succumb to injury.”

OK but how long will Jordan’s chicken wing swing stay the course when he finds himself even further behind off the tee as the years go by?

As good as Tex Mex?
Over at golf.com they’re talking about Jordan and Jeff Ritter has this to say.
“Sunday was vintage Spieth: scrape it around, chip spectacularly and make every putt that matters. Earlier this week we filmed a roundtable where editors were asked to make a bold US Open prediction, and some sap (cough, cough) said Spieth will miss the cut at Oakmont. My opinion has changed on that, but I still think his first major post-meltdown could be an adjustment period, just as it was at the Players (MC), his first regular Tour event.”

Scraping it around was perhaps too harsh but I still believe if Jordan has any chance of emulating Ben or Byron he has to consistently match the short game performances of fellow Texan Lee Trevino because it won’t be his long game that will save him from the inevitable slumps that even the best experience.

Here’s the link to John and to golf.com

Quote of the Day
“His putter is back online, so is his short game and his iron play is usually solid. It’s the tee shot that will determine his major fates…” – Gary Van Sickle

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