Jordan Spieth showed why he’s the No. l player in the universe as he overcame adversity to finish second by one stroke in the Australian Open which was broadcast by the Golf Channel yesterday, Sunday, November 29. The Dallas native clearly didn’t have his “A game” with him when he traveled Down Under as he hit only 18 of 36 greens, according to Golf Digest. yesterday. However, he somehow managed to overcome that adversity by finishing tied for second behind winner Matt Jones.
In Sunday’s final round Spieth started three-over through six holes to fall five strokes behind the leader. A lesser player might have mentally packed his bags and started thinking about the upcoming Tiger Woods Tournament. But the Dallas native showed that strong invisible ability he has to play better as the pressure increases. Although he was unable to become the first American since Jack Nicklaus to win the Aussie Open back to back, he found an extra gear somewhere and charged back to within one stroke by the end of the day. A 16-foot eagle putt on the 72nd hole would’ve forced a playoff had he been able to sink it.
Spieth was understandably rusty as he hasn’t worked very frequently on his game in the past two months. The President’s Cup ended on Oct 11. Between that and the Aussie Open he’d played in only the WGC-HSBC Champions, finishing tied for seventh. He conceded to Golf Digest that it was “the longest time by a week that I’ve taken off since I was probably 12 or 13 years old.”
It should be reassuring to hackers that even the best golfers in the world sometimes encounter difficulties when they take a break from the game. The defending Masters and U.S. Open champion is now dealing with a swing flaw. The Under Armour star said he needs to regain more depth and rotation in his swing.
Spieth had time to think about the adjustments to his game as he flew from Australia to the Bahamas where he will compete in the Tiger Woods Hero World Challenge which he won last year. A victory in the Woods tourney would provide Spieth with a remarkable six victories during this season. He’ll commence a month-long vacation after this competition.
Winston Churchill once described golf as “a very difficult game played with inferior tools.” The fact that even topflight golfers like Spieth have to tinker with their game from time to time to maintain their perfect form proves the former British prime minister was correct. And it should also give weekend duffers encouragement that there is hope for even the least talented linksters.
Tommy Bolt and other golfers have been well known for throwing their golf clubs in water hazards in frustration on particularly bad days on national television. The odds are that the calm, cool and collected Spieth will never react in such a dramatic fashion after a less than perfect shot or round. Anyone who saw his riveting Masters victory in 2014 knows that he is as in control of his emotions as he is his driver.
Spieth will tee off at 11:25 a.m. ET on Thursday in Albany, Bahamas in defense of his title in the Tiger Woods competition. Woods will not be competing as he rehabs from a series of injuries. Only 18 players will participate ranging from No. 1 Spieth to the 43rd-ranked Bill Haas.
Justin Rose and Adam Scott will tee off at 10:25 a.m. followed by J.B. Holmes and Patrick Reed at 10:35 a.m. Spieth will be teeing off with Anirban Lahiri, the first Indian-born golfer to participate in the event which supports the Tiger Woods Foundation.
It will be interesting to see if Spieth can win the Grand Slam of golf in 2016 after he came so close in 2015. People who might’ve wondered if Spieth could maintain his motivation on the greens after making history last year could see from his comeback at the Australian Open he’s still got the determination.