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Jordan Spieth!!!

It is kind of funny. Many folks are asking what is wrong with Jordan Spieth? I like Jordan but I’m don’t have any inside knowledge on “what’s wrong” with Jordan. I would say that there is nothing wrong with him. He has added about 20 yards to his drives. 2 years ago when Jordan won 5 times on the PGA tour his driver wasn’t an asset.  It didn’t hurt him but it wasn’t all that helpful. In contrast, Dustin Johnson’s driver is a huge weapon. He (Dustin) won at Oakmont by driving the ball 310, 320 or 330 yards into the fairway.

So, Jordan is getting more out of his swing. He won earlier this year at Pebble Beach. He has played well but has had trouble with the driver. He has put up some big numbers (double and triple bougies). He was in position at the Master’s but had trouble with putting up a big number that he couldn’t overcome. At the US Open he was never really a factor as he had trouble hitting the fairway but he played well on Sunday. So coming into the Travelers there really wasn’t high expectations.

He came out of the gates red hot with a 63 on Thursday. He played pretty well on Friday and Saturday. He was leading the Travelers coming into today. He birdied the first 2 holes to jump out to a 3 stroke lead. Then the wheels seemed to be coming off the cart. He struggled the rest of the day. His driver was all over the place.  15 is an excellent example of his troubles. He decides not to use driver on the 296 yard drivable par 4. He uses his 3 wood and the ball heads left rather than fading right. The ball almost lands in the water. Instead he is in the rough. He punches out of the rough to 16 feet from the hole. He hits his putt and thinks that the ball was going to miss right instead it goes in the hole.

Somehow, Jordan ends up in a playoff with Daniel Berger who was playing great golf on Sunday. They both hit their tee shots left. Berger is in the tall rough. Jordan is so far left that he hits a tree and the ball bounces back into the fairway. Jordan has over 220 yards to the green. He hits a 5 iron and leaves it in the front bunker. Berger hits a great shot onto the left side of the green and the ball wanders into a little depression just left of the green. Jordan from the bunker hits a phenomenal shot.

Notice the sportsmanship that Daniel Berger shows. I tip my hat to Berger. That’s class. (We don’t see that enough in pro sports!)

Gutsy performance from Jordan Spieth!!! Congratulations Jordan on your 10th PGA win!

 

Golf has a lot of parallels with Life

jordan spiethWe love sports analogies, but many of those analogies really don’t work. In life we really do not have five power lifters to protect us from evil. In golf, as in life, you can get advice from other people but it is mostly up to you to perform. On Sunday we saw one of the best in the world in golf’s biggest tournament under perform when the pressure was the highest. Jordan Spieth fumbled the ball at the goal line.

Now, before anyone jumps on me for talking about Jordan, I really like Jordan for a number of reasons. I love the fact that he really never gives up. He is always out there trying to do better. His game is about precision and not power. For years commentators have marveled at the drives of Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson. We have been told that they are the wave of the future. Power. Jordan made all of these guys look foolish as he won the Masters and US Open last year.

In life we have those pressure moments. Sure, we don’t have millions of people watching our every move, but the pressure is on, nonetheless. Whether it is an important test that allows us to be certified as a lawyer, a doctor, a contractor or something else, it is pressure. Pressure can make us do stupid things.

On Sunday, Jordan Spieth was leading the Masters. He was struggling. He didn’t have his A game. He wasn’t hitting his targets. His driver was flaring to the right. Every now and then, his irons were also flaring. His scrambling was solid, but his putter was good. It was not red hot. He was leading by 5 strokes with 9 holes to play. Sounds easy. He bogeys 10. He bogeys 11. Now, he comes to short par 3. 150 yards. This hole is known for swirling winds, which make it hard to pick a club. The target area is small. Hit the ball short and you are in the water. Hit the ball long and you are in the bunker, which will make it very difficult to get a par from there. Seven strokes later he was staring at a quadruple bogey.

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I have seen several folks who are very smart, but for some reason, they can’t pass the big test. They have taken the big test several times and they fall short. The track star who hits the last hurdle and loses the big race is kind of the same thing. I’m not sure why some people perform well under pressure and others simply don’t.

Here’s what I find interesting. Tiger Woods. There, I have said it. Almost no one mentioned Tiger Woods on Masters Sunday. Tiger Woods would not have lost on Sunday if he had a 5-stroke lead heading into the back 9. Somehow, he would have figured out a way to win. Once he had the lead on Sunday, it was a lock. So, how was Tiger able to handle the pressure and perform?

I think that Jordan Spieth will be fine. Rory Mcilroy, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler have shown that they can win on the big stage, but they have also faltered on that same big stage.

Congratulations to Danny Willett for winning the Masters. He played Jordan’s mistake-free game. He hit his targets. He played steady throughout the tournament.

I guess the take-home lesson is to take a deep breath. Slow down and don’t let the pressure get to you…if you can.

Ryder Cup

I feel like I have to write something about the Ryder Cup because I’m a golf fan. Well, it was ugly. It was just as expected. The Americans were expected to lose and we lost. We simply were not as strong throughout our line up. We needed Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley to step up. Although Rickie Fowler played pretty well, the rest of the line up played average. The exception to this mediocre play was Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. I really think that Fowler is a hair’s breath away from being truly great.

On the other hand, the Europeans got great performances from some of the guys we really didn’t expect to hit it out of the park. Jamie Donaldson played GREAT. Dubuisson played outstanding. He was steady and focused. World number 1 Rory McIlroy started off in a funk but played his way out of it. By Sunday, he was putting lights out. The biggest surprise was Justin Rose. He was great. He kept making shot after shot and putt after putt. It isn’t that Rose can’t play great. He can and he has. He seems to fall short in the Majors. He plays steady golf. He never seems to blow you away in a normal PGA format but in the Ryder Cup he was fabulous.

So, the Americans go home once again licking out wounds. I don’t know what the Americans could do better. I do think that there were a couple who should have been there but weren’t. The biggest name was Billy Horschel. He was playing the best golf in the world over the past month or so but he peaked too late for the Ryder Cup. I think that his passion and fire would have been great for the Americans who all looked a little flat. I also wonder from Brandt Snedeker would have been a better pick than Webb Simpson. Finally, Gary Woodland is an interesting player who was been solid all year. His game is really coming around. He could always bomb it off the