Jordan Spieth: Hard work is paying off, I’m almost back to my best
Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth is confident is he is on the verge of returning to the kind of form that saw him become a world beater only a few years ago.
The 25-year-old was on top of the world in 2015 when he won two majors, was crowned FedEx Cup champion, and named the PGA Tour Player of the Year.
Spieth also won the Open in 2017, but a quick look at his stats show that he has dropped off in virtually every major category in recent years, leading to an increasingly prolonged slump.
At the PGA Championship on Sunday, however, Spieth posted his first top-10 finish since last year’s Open Championship, ending up tied-third, six shots behind winner Brooks Koepka.
Spieth was ranked a lowly 39th entering the PGA Championship, but improved to 30th following Sunday’s final round, and feels he is nearing the form that saw him dominate the golfing scene a few years ago.
“It says that I have full belief in our team. I have full belief in my process, my mentality, my selfishness and my work ethic,” he said.
“I put in more hours over the last five months than I’ve ever put in my game in a five-month stretch, just trying to get to where I can be out here on a major championship Sunday making par saves, making birdie putts, and contending even without having my best stuff.
“That’s like 2015, 2016, 2017, that’s how I felt then.”
Spieth said it was hard to face up to the fact that he probably did not have a good chance to win the PGA Championship at a tough Bethpage Black.
“I knew coming into the week that it was unlikely on this golf course that I was going to have a chance to win,” he added.
“That’s a humbling feeling for me, but I knew that if I played the course the right way, had the right mentality, kept putting the way I’ve been putting, that I would be in it; that I would be, you know, in and having a chance to make some noise.”
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