Jordan Spieth cuts a conflicted figure these days as the Texan ponders his win drought.
The last time Spieth enjoyed Sunday silverware was at Royal Birkdale in 2017, where a tumultuous final round lead to him beating Matt Kuchar to the Claret Jug. It was his third major triumph in as many years and his confidence was flying high.
But in 2019, not so much.
“Not anywhere near where I want it to be,” quipped the 25-year-old.
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 16, 2019
But that does not necessarily put him out of contention this week. Last year, he was in the mix for two of the majors. His 64 in the final round of the Masters saw him finish two strokes behind winner Patrick Reed and at The Open, he started in the final pairing but finished four behind eventual champion Francesco Molinari.
All this despite not playing his best golf…
“If you put yourself in position enough times, the bounces go your way, sometimes they don’t,” the world number 32 continued.
“I had a chance to win two majors last year feeling like I had a ‘C’ game. I mean, that’s realistic. I was in the final group Sunday of last year’s Open at Carnoustie, and I woke up saying, ‘How in the world am I in the final group at Carnoustie?’
“And that’s not just me not believing in myself, that’s just legitimately, mechanically, how I felt through my swings. It just wasn’t good compared to when I was on.”
Only time will tell which Spieth has landed on Northern Irish shores this week.
Sam Horsfield was literally lost for words after his maiden European Tour win.
The American sits atop the leaderboard despite a mixed third round on Saturday.
The Englishman saw a commanding lead cut after a stuttering back nine.
Brooks Koepka made a not-so-subtle dig at Bryson DeChambeau’s “anthill” moment from the first round in Memphis.
The tournament marked the resumption of the tour.
Horsfield fired an eagle and seven birdies in a second round of 63 at the Forest of Arden to share the halfway lead with Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.
Koepka carded a superb 62 to take a two-stroke lead after the opening day.
A change in date from August to May last year placed the tournament second in line behind the Masters, in calendar terms at least.
The four-time major winner shot 62 in his opening round.