Jordan Spieth dominates Hero World Challenge
For the second consecutive week, Jordan Spieth has come away victorious in a most impressive fashion. Last week, Spieth used a final round 63, a full four shots better than anyone else in the field, to claim his second professional win at the Australian Open. This week, he flat out dominated an elite 18-man field at Isleworth to win the Hero World Challenge by ten shots.
For years, people have been talking about what kind of player Spieth was going to become. Even before he teed it up as a 16-year old amateur at the Byron Nelson, he was pegged as a superstar and after watching him win on the PGA Tour as a teenager and now seeing the way he’s won in the last two weeks, it’s really easy to see why.
In the last three tournaments Spieth has played, the two mentioned above and the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan, he is a combined 53-under par. The putter has been red hot over the last two weeks and while there was an argument to be made that the field he trounced in Australia last week wasn’t the best, Spieth crushed a tremendous group of players this week to reach his goal of winning twice in 2014. I mean, look at the field of players that Spieth destroyed:
|Keegan Bradley||Jason Day||Rickie Fowler|
|Billy Horschel||Zach Johnson||Chris Kirk|
|Matt Kuchar||Hunter Mahan||Hideki Matsuyama|
|Graeme McDowell||Patrick Reed||Justin Rose|
|Jordan Spieth||Henrik Stenson||Steve Stricker|
|Jimmy Walker||Bubba Watson||Tiger Woods|
Not bad, right? Some of Spieth’s work from the week:
In terms of what this means for Spieth going forward, the focus, whether it’s right or wrong, will be on how he performs in bigger tournaments, and more specifically, the four majors. Almost a year ago, I wrote about the pressure surrounding Spieth and the “need” for him to win a major despite only being 20 years old. It’s impossible to not be impressed, and the way that Spieth carries himself with the media and fans makes him even easier to like, but I really hope that we don’t just expect him to dominate everything based off of a few hot weeks in November and December.
Jordan Spieth is a special player and it’s going to be way too much fun to watch him going forward. How far away is Augusta?
- Quick thoughts on Tiger’s week are right here.
- Keegan Bradley looked really, really good with the short putter this week and he’s going to be keeping it in the bag for the next little while. He’s going to have to get used to it soon anyway, so he might as well.
- So much talk during the week surrounded Tiger’s chipping woes, and rightfully so, but pretty much everyone struggled with chipping the ball around Isleworth. Jimmy Walker needed three chips to get onto the green on two separate occasions, and players like Bubba Watson, Billy Horschel and others seemed incredibly confused with what to do around the course.
- When Tiger entered the booth on Sunday, he was engaged, self deprecating and interesting for the 25 minutes or so that he spent with NBC’s Dan Hicks and Roger Maltbie. He even let it slip that he was probably going to be changing his schedule for 2015, which is something he never does. Of course, he wouldn’t say where he was going to play, but if I had to guess, I’d bet that he’ll add an event or two prior to the Masters so he can be sharp.
- GIFs of the week from here and the Nedbank will be posted tomorrow.