They do say though that form is temporary, but class is forever.
This really is the position in which Jordan Spieth finds himself. One of the classiest players on the tour has now lost his foothold within the game. There are few players in golf who the rest of the field are rooting for because they feel the game is better when a box office Spieth is contending.
I’ve been a big fan of his ever since he burst onto the scene five years ago winning three major championships before his 24th birthday. His buddies Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler kiddingly call him the Golden Boy, as he really is such a likeable personality in a fairly drab landscape of players on the US PGA Tour.
When talking about his physique, he says he has a four pack, the four to show that he does workout with two missing to show that he has a beer with his pro-am buddies. In his heyday the game appeared easy, he would look at the hole while putting such was the level of his confidence. Until the wheels fell off on the 12th at Augusta people were correctly thinking does this kid have any weaknesses.
Now he says of himself, “It really stinks. I would have liked to play at the level I’ve been at for 25 years and there have been people who have done that, but I guess that’s not my path right now.”
His world ranking is now 60th and he is looking for a big week at the Northern Trust this week to make it to the next stage of the FedEx Cup play offs. Who would have thought?
Where he was once a big player in the majors he now feels he needs competition time to bed in his new swing changes, saying,
“Sometimes Fridays feel more like trying to win a major because I’m trying to make the cut so I can play more!”
One of the reasons why he will never be caught or seen to be complaining is because of his little sister’s condition. She has grown up with significant disabilities and Jordan has witnessed how difficult life is day to day for her and it is often said that he has led a charmed life compared to his sister Ellie; she has “kept him grounded and focused as well as keeping the game of golf in perspective.”
Before you start feeling too sorry for him though, he has accumulated over $100 million in career earnings in his 27 years that he’s been on the planet - he is so likeable that you wouldn’t begrudge him winning more.
Yet on this side of the pond, we have had an all-time first on the European Tour, again showing how fickle the game is. For the first time in the history of the European Tour, a player has a three-week streak of win, miss cut, win. How does that happen? One can only imagine that the celebrations after his first win were a little overdone and it took him another week to regain his form. Either way, Sam Horsfield’s win at Celtic Manor last weekend will go down in the history books.
What can the mere mortals learn from this strange and eclectic history above? I can only think that if you keep on plugging away, believing that you can do it, at some stage it’ll happen.