LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA | To watch Jordan Spieth work his way around Torrey Pines this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, it’s like nothing has changed.
He’s still talking to shots, twirling his clubs, marching forward like a man who knows where he’s going.
Then you glance at the world ranking and he’s all the way down at 45th, one spot behind Jason Day, another former No. 1 chasing what’s been eroded by time, technique or too much noise rattling around upstairs.
This is another restart for Spieth, but the same was true a year ago when he showed up at the Sony Open in Hawaii, talking about how he was working his way back to being the player he was when he won three majors in what felt like the blink of an eye.
Spieth didn’t get there last year, though he did rediscover his brilliance on the greens, allowing him to make more of his 2019 than he might have.
It's been 2½ years since Jordan Spieth hoisted the Claret Jug. Photo: Stan Badz, R&A/PGA TOUR via Getty Images
Still, it’s been 2½ years since Spieth won the Open...
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