With his four shot victory on Sunday, Jordan Spieth has returned to the upper echelon of golf after a short hiatus from the winner’s circle. The 24 year-old racked up his ninth win on the tour and fifth victory by four strokes or more by capturing the AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach yesterday.
Spieth’s last win came at the Dean and DeLuca invitational in May of 2016, a very small amount of time in between wins for any PGA Tour player, but Jordan Spieth is nowhere near normal. After his two-major year in 2015, the Texas native looked like the next Tiger Woods, but didn’t exactly live up to sky-high expectations in the two years following.
Jordan still delivered multiple wins (and a horrific implosion at the Masters in 2016) and remained near the top of the World Golf Rankings during his ‘slump’, but Spieth and golf fans everywhere are craving more major success.
Spieth’s commanding win at Pebble is a good sign for the University of Texas alum. Spieth’s game looked balanced and in control on every day he played. Most importantly he avoided big numbers throughout the tournament, something that held him back early on in the season.
Jordan’s Scotty Cameron putter caught fire on Saturday in an all-time performance on Pebble’s tricky greens. Spieth only missed a few make-able putts during the third round, a scary sight to see for other major contenders this year.
After a disappointing 2016 for Spieth, getting an early win under his belt is a good omen for the rest of the year. Though winning twice in his last 6 worldwide starts, Spieth’s game looked shaky until this weekend. If he continues to firm up his game, he’s an obvious potential major winner this year.
Spieth’s return to the winner’s circle throws yet another wrench into an already unpredictable season of golf. With the likes of John Rahm, Justin Thomas, and Hideki Matsuyama making names for themselves early this season, and steadfast favorites like Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Spieth, and Dustin Johnson also hunting for career defining wins, this season has the extreme potential for major excitement.
If Spieth can keep his swing in check and his putter hot, look for his name at the top of leaderboards all year long.