Last year we wrote a blog questioning the finishing ability of Jordan Spieth. In the last five months it seems he has answered that question and then underlined it. His win at the Valspar Championship made him the most successful 21 year old since Tiger Woods.
About this time last year Spieth described himself as a “little mental midget” in his defeat to Ernie Els at the WGC-Accenture Matchplay. It wasn’t the only time Spieth had been getting scared and quickly pocketing another runners-up spot at The Masters shortly afterwards.
Nobody ever doubted that he would find a way to start winning. The big question was when was he going to find the answer and start?
He tried to answer it by expanding his horizons, literally, by heading off down under at the end of last year to compete in the Australian Open against defending champion Rory McIlroy and home favorite Adam Scott. That experience might well be one of the key moments Spieth looks back on (perhaps after a glorious career in thirty years or so).
He quickly followed it up with another dominating performance in Tiger Woods’ all star tournament at the Hero World Challenge beating off plenty of competition in convincing fashion.
As most winners know, winning begets winning and he bagged a second PGA Tour win this week at the Valspar Championships at Innisbrook, beating Sean O’Hair and Ryder Cup partner Patrick Reed in a playoff with a birdie on the third extra hole.
Spieth is now up to number six in the OWGR and major season hasn’t even started yet. He joins the likes of Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods in recording multiple wins before the age of 22.
“Going into the four majors of the year, to have closed one out in this kind of fashion is going to give me a lot of confidence.”
What it all leads up to is form that will make him one of the hottest players entering The Masters in a few weeks. On his debut last year he lead during the final round only to stutter and allow playing partner Bubba Watson to take control and win his second green jacket in three years. With three wins since the season started, it will give him enormous confidence if he finds himself in a similar position this year.
Spieth is turning out or be the Real McCoy, and a very big fish in McIlroy’s pond right now and whatever way you look at it, he’s going to be challenging for the number one spot in world golf sooner rather than later.