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Will 2019 be Jordan Spieth’s Comeback Year?

Jordan Spieth celebrating a putt at the 2015 US Open in Chambers Bay.

Jordan Spieth didn’t have the best of seasons in 2018 but it doesn’t mean he won’t bounce back in 2019. He still managed to be competitive in some of the big events without coming out on top. Coming into 2019 Spieth isn’t the talk of the off-season by any means. As a Spieth fan though, I hope to be writing an article in December about Jordan Spieth’s comeback year!

The Tiger Factor is Back

Everybody who follows golf knows who the most talked about player is coming into 2019. Don’t lie to yourself, its Tiger Woods. He had his best year since 2013, tallying 6 top-ten finishes, including his first victory in five years.

Everyone expects Tiger to follow-up 2018 with an even better 2019. Hopefully he can even win his first major since 2008. Since Woods had his comeback season last year, who’s next up to have a bounce back year of their own?

I’m looking at Jordan Spieth to be that player. His 2018 season was a huge dip from his previous three years. He went without a PGA Tour win for the first time since 2015. In 23 events played, Spieth only had five top-ten finishes. The Tiger Factor may be back, but I think this works in Jordan’s favor as he can fly under the radar and get back to his 2015 form.

Spieth’s Putting Skills

What makes Spieth so dangerous is his skills on and around the green. He has been one of the best, if not the best, putters on tour over the last few years while using his custom Scotty Cameron. Jordan’s 2015 and 2016 seasons were top-notch in terms of putting. 2017 took a little hit, while 2018 really fell off the rails for Spieth’s standards.

Jordan ranked 1st on the PGA Tour in putts per round for both 2015 and 2016. He ranked 1st and 2nd in one putt % in 2015 and 2016, respectively. His BOB Conversion % (Birdie or Better Conversion Rate) was also 1st and 2nd on tour in 2015 and 2016, respectively. That shows you how clutch he was those two years.

Jordan Spieth Statistics 2015-2018

Year

Putts/roundBOB Conversion %One Putt %

Scrambling

2015

27.82 (1st)35.51 (2nd)44.26 (1st)65.03 (4th)
201627.82 (1st)35.68 (2nd)44.30 (2nd)

63.93 (9th)

2017

28.34 (T-16th)35.84 (3rd)39.81 (60th)61.75 (36th)
201829.09 (T-83rd)32.22 (26th)39.55 (64th)

61.63 (31st)

 

Jordan Spieth with his hand on his face in frustration after the British Open.

Putting Woes

Then came 2017, where he dipped in all three of those categories. He still managed to win three times that year though, including a victory at the British Open. But the extra dip in 2018 proved too much for Spieth to overcome. He couldn’t register a win in 23 events in 2018.

Along with his putting, Jordan Spieth is known for being one of the better scramble players on tour. But his scramble percentage has decreased every year since 2015, reaching a new low in 2018 at 61.63%, good for 31st among all golfers.

Early Career Dominance

You could look at these statistics and say that he had a historic 2015 season and can’t seem to replicate that magic anymore. Hold up. Jordan is still only 25 years old, already gathering 11 wins and 3 major championships. This kid is just getting started if you ask me.

The last year or so he hasn’t seen the consistency in his short game that he had back in 2015 and 2016. Don’t be fooled. Jordan Spieth is still one of the best golfers in the world. He had an off-year and that’s all it was. He played three event-loaded seasons from 2015-2017. It is understandable that he could have a setback year after that whirlwind.

Short Game is Key

Spieth has been fairly solid when it comes to the rest of his game. If he can figure out how to improve upon his putting and scrambling skills from 2018, we should see some wins. We all know he has it in him.

When Spieth gets on those crazy birdie runs, it seems like no one on the planet can stop him. All he needs to do is focus on getting his work in around the greens the next few months before the major championships begin.

Jordan Spieth hits a bunker shot with sand rising out of the trap

Spieth’s 2018 was Solid

Just look at his final round of the Masters in 2018 when he tied the final round scoring record by shooting a 64. If he had played a little more consistent the first few rounds, he probably wins that tournament instead of finishing 3rd, which isn’t too shabby.

Jordan was also tied for the lead on the 13th hole of the British Open at Carnoustie before falling a few strokes short of eventual champion Francisco Molinari. That tacked on yet another top ten finish in a major championship.

Other than the U.S. Open where he missed the cut, Spieth placed 3rd, 9th, and 12th in the majors in 2018. For an off-year that isn’t anything to scoff at. Many players would kill to be in the position he was in for those tournaments.

Jordan Spieth points at his golf ball and tells his caddy Michael Greller to

This will be Jordan Spieth’s Comeback Year

Not only do I expect Spieth to win a few tournaments and contend in the majors, I predict that he will add to his major win total. My money would be on Augusta or the Open Championship because those are the two majors that he has played the best at.

He finished in the top ten 3 out of his last 4 appearances at the Open Championship, including a win in 2017. He has played at Augusta five times and has won once, placed 2nd twice, 3rd once, and 11th once. His worst finish was 11th at arguably the biggest golf tournament of the year. Incredible.

Enough of this talk that Spieth is cooling off since his hot start three years ago because Jordan is poised to have another great year in 2019, so don’t expect anything less. Sit back and enjoy!

 

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