DUBLIN, Ohio – Jordan Spieth flew to Ohio for the Memorial Tournament with eight top-10s in his most up-to-date 11 begins, which included a victory within the Valero Texas Open, his first win since 2017.
Upon arrival within the Buckeye State on Tuesday, he hit the reset button.
Last week’s runner-up end within the Charles Schwab Challenge, where Spieth couldn’t get his one-shot benefit by means of 54 holes to the top and misplaced by two to Jason Kokrak after a final-round 73, has him intent on working onerous the 2 days forward of Thursday’s first spherical to get again in kind and much away from where he was final Sunday when, in his phrases, he had “no freaking clue where (the ball) was going to go.”
“I need to get back on track, just tighten things up. I just got a little loose,” Spieth stated. “And it was kind of on Friday afternoon, after the delay, I came out and I told Michael (Greller, his caddie) within the first couple holes after that I was like, ‘Man, I’m moving different, I’m swinging different.’
“It was just a different feeling going into Sunday than other ones that I had played well or played poorly in throughout this year. I just knew that I was a little off and I was going to have to try and make it work and that’s just a tough thing to do around a tricky course.”
Despite being off-kilter, Spieth had an opportunity to win on the 72nd gap earlier than rinsing his method. Through grit and dedication, he acquired himself to the ultimate gap regardless of combating himself on each swing.
“I was set up to easily win that golf tournament and so it’s really frustrating when I play that poorly and it didn’t matter that it was Sunday, it wasn’t the situation or the day that had anything to do with it, it was the fact that I was kind of going a little bit (down) as the weekend went on and I couldn’t quite flip it around,” Spieth stated. “And that was kind of the goal coming in to today and tomorrow was to kind of hit the reset button, tighten things back up, see if I can go back kind of on the upward trend on a course that demands it.”
Spieth, 27, has been on an upward ascent for a while now. After falling to 92nd on the planet rankings in January – his worst rank since 2012 – he’s received, completed second as soon as, tied for third twice, tied for fourth as soon as and tied for ninth twice and moved to No. 23 on the planet rankings.
He’s clearly put his struggles from 2018 by means of 2020 behind him and truly loved the grind to get by means of his robust instances.
He’s actually nearer to being the Jordan Spieth who received two majors and 5 titles in all and have become No. 1 on the planet in 2015 than the Jordan Spieth of the previous three years when he had simply three top-3s in 69 begins.
“The only thing that I care about looking backwards is mechanically matching up to what I was doing,” stated Spieth, a three-time main champion with 12 PGA Tour titles. “As far as any kind of comparisons to years or results, it is literally the last thing that’s on my mind. I hate the word ‘back,’ I hate that, ‘He’s back.’ I never went anywhere. This is all part of what happens in a career. There’s ups and downs.
“And I like looking forward and to what are the pieces that I need to put together for this kind of this jump start, this new kind of way that I want to be playing golf week-in and week-out. Focus forward with picking apart things in my DNA that have made me successful.”
He’ll try this at Muirfield Village, a spot that all the time makes him smile.
“This is always one of our favorite stops for a number of reasons. One, the clubhouse, the milkshakes, the food, the treatment. And then two, and more obvious probably, is the golf course itself,” stated Spieth, who has 4 top-13 finishes in his final six begins within the Memorial. “It’s one of the kind of most fun, most difficult but purest tracks that we play all year. It’s a golf course where you just can’t fake anything. You’re either on or you’re not and you can see guys shoot 6 under and you see guys shoot 6 over in the same round and there’s just very few golf courses that yield that kind of disparity in scores throughout a season.
“So it’s always kind of a fun one to not only test your game around one of the coolest tracks, but with a couple weeks before the U.S. Open it really brings out kind of the flaws where you’re at and what you need to kind of work on heading into a major.”