More than a putter for Spieth

By | May 20, 2017

Jordan Spieth switched putters for this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson to much fanfare. His goal was to reignite his game. He ended up missing the cut.

His week started out promising. A 2-under 68 on Thursday had him in good shape. Yet, his new putter didn’t perform particularly well. He ended Thursday ranked 50th in the field for strokes gained putting. It was a below average performance for him even with the new putter.

Friday was another mediocre day for Spieth until he reached the 16th tee. At the time, he was 1-over for the round and 1-under for the tournament. He was falling well behind the leaders but inside the cutline by several strokes. Two tee shots out of bounds and a quadruple bogey 9 later and Spieth was heading home. He missed the cut by one shot. He said afterward, “(I was) trying to move up the leaderboard instead of just letting it come to me on this course.”

The quad stands out not only because it led Spieth to have a short week. He also made a quadruple bogey 9 on the 15th hole on Thursday at Augusta last month. He spent the rest of the tournament chasing the field. He made the cut. A fine 4-under 68 on Saturday found him in the penultimate group on Sunday. An up and down round paired with a double bogey 5 on the 12th hole resulted in a 3-over 75 and a T11 finish. It took going 3-under over the last four holes just to accomplish that.

Spieth has had great success in the past because of his strong putting game. But there appear to be more serious issues with his game at the moment. He isn’t performing well under pressure. Spieth has missed the cut in three of his last five events. This may take more than a new putter to fix.

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