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!
It is unclear how it could have been much worse. The Texas Rangers reportedly have one of the best bullpens in major league baseball. They are leading 10-6, at home. It is the top of the ninth inning. The Texas Rangers and their fabulous bullpen give up five runs and end up losing to the Los Angeles Angels, 11-10. It was an epic failure. It is unclear how a team comes back from such a devastating loss.
Kevin McCarthy is running for John Boehner’s old job. He has made several recent television appearances which simply did not go that well. His speaking style is somewhat difficult to understand. I am not sure whether he has dyslexia or has word-finding difficulties or what. He is difficult to understand. I mean, he really cannot speak the English language. This begs the question, how did he get elected to Congress if he cannot communicate effectively? Personally, I find it sad that he cannot communicate. He did manage to mumble and bumble himself into a huge pickle when he stated that the Benghazi Committee was specifically formed in order to hurt Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers.
There was a time when we really did not focus on failure in the United States. We could watch television and look for excellence. The Gong Show was the first show that I remember in which Americans would wait for contestants to fail. That was funny. That was riveting. Now, with reality TV, we look for people to fail all the time. Sure, American Idol can find some absolutely fabulous talent, but at the same time many Americans tune in to those early shows to watch folks crash and burn on national TV. There is this new show on the NFL network called Undrafted. In this show we follow NFL hopefuls. These folks were drafted and, for the most part, their prospects for making the NFL are somewhere between slim and none. I am sorry, but I do not find this compelling TV. I find it sad. On the Golf Channel, we can see the same type of thing. Web.com participants battle low-ranking PGA participants for 50 PGA cards. We can see young and up-and-coming golfers make it on the PGA tour but at the same time we can see somebody like Jhonattan Vegas, a one-time rising star who is battled injuries, struggle and then flame out.
Elizabeth Taylor said that the way to determine whether someone is a star is to watch what they do. Tiger Woods is a star. The PGA is more watchable when Tiger is playing well.
Tiger Woods struck the ball very well today. More importantly, he was putting very well. He won his 72nd tournament at Jack Nicholas’ Memorial.
The US Open should be a great tournament. Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Rickie Fowler (don’t count today) and Luke Donald are playing well. You can never count out Phil. The Open is going to be fun.
One of the reasons that Tiger Woods is so great to watch is that he comes up with those Tiger Moments. Sure, he can drain putts and crush the tee shot but he can also do something amazing like this shot.