PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA | With a warm, spring breeze blowing Friday afternoon and the Players Championship set to go on without Jordan Spieth – again – the question of what’s wrong seemed to sit invisibly on the 25-year-old’s slender shoulders.
It has been 20 months since Spieth’s victory in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale and he has tumbled to 25th in the world rankings, his game a scattershot collection of missed cuts and low finishes.
Since finishing third at the Masters last April, Spieth’s only top-10 finish was a tie for ninth at the Open Championship, where he could have won last July at Carnoustie. Since then, Spieth’s golf has blurred further, a mash-up of inconsistencies of every form.
Once the most admired putter in the game, Spieth is only now regaining a measure of the confidence he once possessed over the short ones. His long game, however, remains an unfinished puzzle that may not soon be put together.
Two days at the Stadium Course encapsulated Spieth’s vexing situation.
After opening with a 4-over-par 76 that included a handful of sharp toe hooks off the tee, Spieth played himself inside the cutline Friday morning with five birdies before frittering away shots coming in, signing for a second-round 69 that cut him out of the weekend here for the fourth time in six starts.
“It’s a work in progress from my long irons to woods, and that’s what killed me out here. Historically, I haven’t driven the ball well, therefore it doesn’t lead ...
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