Last time we laid eyes on Jordan Spieth he was missing putts like a 14-handicapper, on his way to missing the cut at the Phoenix Open.
Jordy was giving it the old fast-walk on a lot of 10-footers, missing from all sorts of makeable distances, — four, five and at times even three feet.
Which begs the question:
What the hell’s wrong with you Jordy?
Well if you are to believe Spieth, he absolutely stole this one from Tiger Woods:
“I just need more reps.”
More reps? Well, if you consider using your putter three times on a hole reps, well, then, Spieth had a lot of ’em in Scottsdale.
All kidding aside, a quick look at some of Spieth’s stats will give some insight into what’s ailing Jordan Spieth’s golf game.
He’s 108th in driving accuracy.
He’s 109th in scrambling.
And this is where it’s gets scary:
Jordan Spieth is tied for 153rd in PUTTING.
You read that right but it bears repeating in case you’re rubbing your eyes — Jordan Spieth is 153rd in putting. They only keep those stats on 217 players.
To which the late Vince Lombardi might yell:
“What the hell is going on out there?”
The answer so far is not much. Spieth was okay with a ninth place finish at the Tournament of Champions. Since then he was an unimpressive T-18 at The Sony, had that MC last week.
Which brings us to Pebble Beach.
Spieth is the defending champion. He shot 19-under par last year and in order to do that, one must make more than their fair share of birdie putts.
Anyone out there think Spieth is going to repeat as champion this week?
Let’s see a show of hands!
If Spieth is going to compete against the likes of world’s No. 1 Dustin Johnson, a healthy Rory McIlroy and Farmer’s champ Jason Day, well, he’d better get that flat stick in working order.
There’s also that little matter involving the wide-right Devil Ball. Remember 13 at the Open Championship? Sure, Spieth wiggled his way out of that but the Devil Ball’s been hanging around early this season and Spieth knows it’s tough to beat guys like D.J. and Rory and J-Day when you’re driving it all over the lot and your putter is on some kind of winter vacation.
Maybe country super-star Jake Owen can help Spieth settle down. That’s who Jordy plays with in this week’s Pro-Am at Pebble. Nice partner.
Now if Spieth can just start putting as well as Owen sings, he might get himself back in the thick of it.
The only problem is that Owen is pitch-perfect, in key.
He’s been sounding like a guy who’s had too many at a karaoke bar. Or rather, putting like one.
And that’s the beginning of all his golf woes.
When Spieth’s putter is working, he’s a world-beater.
When he doesn’t, he’s just another guy out there looking for answers.