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Spieth's Hot Hot Heat

Jordan Spieth, the preternaturally together 20-year-old, showed this week that he has plenty of fire but knows how to keep it in check. (Marco Garcia, AP Images)
Jordan Spieth, the preternaturally together 20-year-old, showed this week that he has plenty of fire but knows how to keep it in check.
(Marco Garcia, AP Images)

Everyone who talks about Jordan Spieth says the same thing – he’s mature beyond his years, he has life in perspective already at age 20 and he’s unfailingly polite.

But after what we witnessed at Kapalua, we found out something more about Spieth – he has plenty of fire. He talks to his ball when it’s in the air, he slaps his putter when he misses a putt he thinks he should have made and he grits his teeth and mutters under his breath when a shot doesn’t come off right.


And the best part is that is immediately after he voices his frustration, he lets it go and puts his focus on the shot at hand. Emotional outbursts aren’t necessarily a good thing if it carries over to the next shot. But Spieth never seems to do that. It just shows that he cares.


 

Thoughts and prayers go out to Paul Tesori, his wife, Michelle and newborn son Isaiah. Tesori, who is Webb Simpson’s caddie, was in Jacksonville, Fla., for Isaiah’s birth and not in Kapalua working for Simpson.

Moments after Isaiah was born, he had a seizure and doctors think there is a brain infection. The child is in neonatal intensive care. Some of the players and caddies at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions wrote messages to Tesori on their caps.


If Tiger Woods needs an excuse to miss the WGC-Accenture Match Play, he is now forced to come up with a new one. He had a ready reason – he was going to Russia to watch girlfriend Lindsey Vonn ski in the Olympics.

But word has come down that Vonn will miss the Olympics with an injured knee, which will necessitate surgery.

If we know Tiger, he won’t have much trouble coming up with another excuse to miss an event at a golf course he doesn’t like.

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