A glance at golfing history indicates Jordan Spieth would always struggle to back up last years achievements as he missed the cut at Sawgrass
For Jordan Spieth, Saturday at Sawgrass was the venue for a missed cut and an admission. Tales of Spieths demise may be greatly exaggerated but for one of such status, competitive context is everything. The 22 -year-olds stunning success of 2015 entails performances which dont scale similar heights will always be viewed with fear or, in some overplayed instances, shock.
A glance at golfing history suggests that Spieth would always struggle to back up last year with a similar one. He also has several months in which to add 2016 victories to his CV. For now, Spieths record shows the relative median sort of two top 10 s in eight events. At the Players Championship, Spieth returned to complete his weather-disrupted round two; a 71, and an aggregate of one under par, watched him fall on the wrong side of the cut line by a stroke.
Spieth afterwards conceded that past glories have impacted on his psychological state. No one ever wants to think that they cant match what they have done the previous year, said the Texan. You believe that you can get better all the time. I believe that I can be a better player this year than I was last year.
But in the off days I just need to do a little bit better chore of being positive with myself and smiling a bit more, having a bit more fun. Its tough when youre get shellacked by 15 shots in the same group, you know? When people building birdie at almost every single hole, every other pit, you start to wonder why in the world you arent making any of them.
A lot of periods its good to play with, if you can feed off of it. But for me it was tough this week. Without my putting being on, it just led to a lack of patience for me ensure every hole being birdied and not being able to do much about it.
The fellow challenger to whom Spieth referred was the imperious Jason Day, who generated a 36 -hole scoring record at this event by reaching 15 under par. Day did not make a single bogey in that two-round canter of 63 and 66, thereby beating the minus-1 4 tally set by Greg Norman in 1994. The scoring record is great and all but Im looking at the big picture, said Day. I need to knuckle down here and try and keep pushing forward.
Day has already upstaged Spieth as the world No1. His attitude to taking Normans crown, then, was scarcely a shock. Similarly, Spieths candid analysis was characteristic. Im beating myself up a little bit too much on the golf course, its affecting me and I realise that now, Spieth added. I feel rested, I feel healthy. My ball striking feelings great.
I only need to be a little bit more positive with myself on the course and perhaps kind of lower expectations a little bit and just kind of free myself up. It just seems Im so tense and I simply need to get back to the way I enjoy playing golf.
There may be an automatic assumption that Spieth is suffering from a month-long hangover after the wounding climax to his bid to retain the Masters. He bats that notion away. The technical aspect of his Ponte Vedra shortcomings is a curious one for anybody with knowledge of Spieths development. That is, on the greens.
I dont think theres much of a connection to Augusta, Spieth insisted. I only didnt putt well. If I putted like I putted at the Masters I would be at 10 or 12 under right now.
So, I only had an off week with the flat stick. But I had plenty of remainder. Again, Augusta seems like a long time ago now, to me. This was a completely new week.
Spieth may benefit from imminent home conveniences. He will appear next week at the AT& T Byron Nelson, an tournament he has a playing connection with stretching back to his high school days. Ill go back to Dallas, where I can hopefully gain momentum there, he said. Thats an event that, growing up, Ive always wanted to win and havent really had the opportunity to win since I was 16. It sounds funny to say that.
Ill get some good work in with[ coach] Cameron[ McCormick ], get my short game sharp, get off to a better start, and that will take some of the stress off.
Phil Mickelson was among the others to complete their second round on Saturday but fail to survive for the completion of the Players. Mickelson arrived here with the best scoring median on the PGA Tour this season. Rickie Fowler, the defending champ, joined those consigned to early exits.
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