Texas’ favorite son Jordan Spieth ends four-year wait for PGA Tour win
Any win on the PGA Tour should be thoroughly celebrated given that there is always the possibility that it could be a golfer’s last. Indeed, the game of golf has a tendency to play tricks on the psyche of even the most successful golfers. Perhaps it is the drive to always get better that prompts golfers who are winning continuously to make swing changes, and in doing so, go against the age-old wisdom of if it isn’t broken then don’t fix it.
Once a golfer takes the risk to improve despite already having found a winning formula, there is no guarantee that they will be able to return to the success that they once knew.
When Jordan Spieth lifted the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in 2017, he was lifting his third major in the space of two years. The Texan was already a FedEx Cup champion and had accumulated a staggering 11 PGA Tour wins already. Many were saying he was better than Tiger Woods and that he would complete the Grand Slam that same year at the age of 23. For all intents and purposes, the new messiah had arrived and he was sponsored by Under Armour.
However, a few years later and the world had stopped expecting miracles from Spieth as the American plummeted down the world rankings and inconceivably found himself outside of the top 100 in the world. All of this after sitting proudly at the summit of professional golf for 26 weeks, it must have been truly shocking for Spieth to endure. In essence, the Texan had rolled the dice and tried to get even better than he was by replacing what his success had been built on with an improved version of himself. The results, however, were catastrophic, and perhaps the most damaging part about all of this was that Spieth had lost the invaluable self-confidence that made him a champion. He was in the wilderness and didn’t know where to turn after having the world at his fingertips.
Of course, very few were suggesting that he had lost his talent but rather that he didn’t know how to access it once more. After all, Spieth is extraordinarily talented and could have chosen from a number of professional sports before he decided to focus purely on golf. In fact, Spieth’s mom, Christine, has always maintained that he could have played D1 college baseball.
.@JordanSpieth throws a hard strike for today’s 1st pitch. pic.twitter.com/pIvKb4RNUX
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) August 19, 2015
The 27-year-old is a huge Texas Rangers fan and in many ways, the PGA Tour’s gain was the Lone Stars’ loss given that the MLB odds on bet365 show the outfit at 125/1 to win the 2021 World Series. A tale of what might have been and perhaps Spieth may have even wondered if he had indeed made the right decision during the last four soul-destroying years.
With that said, during even the darkest times over the course of the last four years, Spieth could have at least held onto the crumb of hope that form was temporary and class permanent. All the same, he must have still been wondering when that phrase would prove itself to be true.
It would take 1351 days to be exact.
1,351 days later … @JordanSpieth is a winner again @ValeroTxOpen. 🏆
(Presented by @SuperStrokeGolf) pic.twitter.com/5XDGjoj0ge
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 4, 2021
Indeed, the drought was finally over on the 4th of April 2021 as Spieth tapped in his putt on the 18th to win the prestigious Valero Texas Open in front of home support.
“This is a monumental win for me. It’s one that I certainly thought about for a long time.”@JordanSpieth after his victory today at the #ValeroTexasOpen. pic.twitter.com/T7FAKXumWu
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) April 4, 2021
Encouragingly, many lessons would have been learned over this barren spell and given that Speith is just 27 and has managed to correct his freefall before fading into obscurity, the charge to be the greatest of all time could well be back on.