It has been almost four years since three-time Major Champion Jordan Spieth has experienced the thrill of victory. Many golf enthusiasts wondered if Spieth would ever find his swing again, much less the winner’s circle. However, Spieth kept grinding away tirelessly year after year.
All the diligent time on the practice range paid huge dividends on Sunday as Spieth won the Valero Texas Open. Spieth credits his longtime circle of close friends, family members, and coaches with getting his golf career back on the winning track (Sports Illustrated). Here is a closer look at Spieth’s career and his chances of winning for a second time at The Masters later this week.
A Career Full of Ups and Downs
It is not at all uncommon for even elite pro golfers to go through dry spells. After all, golf is a unique game in which being off by the slightest of margins can yield embarrassing results. After capturing The Open Championship in 2017, Spieth seemed to fall apart and often looked lost on the tee box. However, Spieth has had a great deal of success in his young career.
- Spieth turned pro in 2013 and had quick success by winning the John Deere Classic in a three way playoff against Zach Johnson and David Hearn. Speith was just 19-years old when he won this tournament and became the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour in over 80 years.
- Named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2013
- Spieth had his best professional year in 2015 by winning an astounding five wins during that calendar year. The University of Texas alum was named PGA Tour Player of the Year and deservedly so.
- Spieth captured three tournaments in 2017 including the Open Championship which was his third Major win.
Does Spieth have a chance to win The Masters this week?
Absolutely! Spieth definitely has a good chance of finding victory at Augusta National this week. The 6-1 175 pounder is currently in impeccable form. After four years of constantly fighting his swing, it is great for the golfing world to have Spieth back playing at a high level.
Though he had tough outings at Augusta National in 2019 and 2020, Spieth has a spectacular course history here at The Masters. Not only did Spieth win the tournament in 2015, he has finished as the runner-up here twice (2014, 2016) as well as a third place finish in 2018.
Bookmakers all over the world certainly think Spieth has a good chance of capturing his second green jacket this weekend. In fact, Spieth has the third best odds of winning The Masters at 11 to 1 (US Tour PGA Odds at FanDuel Sportsbook). Spieth is one of the best putters on tour and if he gets hot on the greens, the whole field better look out.
Golf, like all sports, needs superstars to grow the sport. Jordan Spieth is one of those superstars and the game of golf is more entertaining to watch with him in contention at the Major tournaments.