View From The Fairway - What Has Gone Wrong With Jordan Spieth
CONFIDENCE is everything in golf. How else do you else do you explain the fact that Kevin Na had one win in his first 369 starts, but now has four in his past 55? Na is a man who has suffered more than most on the course but has now developed an ability to laugh at himself. Speaking of which, you really must check out the European Tour’s Angry Golfers video, which features a supposed therapy session hosted by Tommy Fleetwood and featuring Ian Poulter, Matt Wallace, Eddie Pepperell, Henrik Stenson and a hilarious performance from Tyrrell Hatton. Stenson shows us how to break clubs, while Poulter hosts a slide show that attempts to define the difference between passion and anger and Wallace apologies to all the caddies he has sacked. It makes a refreshing change to see professional athletes being able to laugh at themselves.
EVERYBODY, it seems, has a theory about what’s gone wrong with Jordan Spieth’s golf swing. Brandel Chamblee believes he could sort him out. Gary Player reckons five minutes with Spieth would solve his problems. His long-time coach is Cameron McCormick and it seems logical to suggest that whatever they have been doing together is no longer working. So it came as no surprise that stories have emerged that Spieth had apparently been working with legendary coach Butch Harmon. It turns out that Spieth and McCormick are still together. But he has spoken to Harmon on the phone. “I was very upset when it was reported that I was working with Jordan because that isn’t true. That’s not fair to Cam, that’s not fair to Jordan, it’s not fair to me. All I did was give him my opinion, which a lot of guys come for.” Watch this space…
SADLY, the Golf Channel has decided that, after 10 glorious years, Feherty has been taken off the air. Host David Feherty has interviewed anybody who is anybody in the game of golf, often with hilarious results. But now it is all over. “Thank you for an amazing reaction since my show has ended,” Feherty said. “The past 10 years have been a dream, thanks to the incredible people who agreed to be on this show and all the men and women from NBC/Golf Channel. Stay tuned, you never know what might show up.” It all began with an hour-long interview with Lee Trevino and over the years the Northern Irishman has brought his unique skills to bear with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Mark O’Meara and a classic two-part interview with Phil Mickelson. In an age of automatons there is nobody else quite like Feherty. It surely won’t be long before somebody else snaps him up.
Next month's World Golf Championship event will be moved from Mexico to the west coast of Florida, in this case Concession Golf Club. The move should come as no surprise. It has been obvious for weeks that hosting a major golf tournament in Mexico at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic was a non-starter. A WGC event in Florida is easier to be managed and controlled, and it helps set up a true Florida swing with the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Players Championship and Honda Classic in succession during the run-up to The Masters. Concession is nicknamed “Concussion” so don’t expect to see the world’s best players tearing it to shreds.
Keep an eye on Joaquin Niemann. After a playoff defeat at Kapalua, the 22-year-old followed it up with a tie for second at the Sony Open, completing the Hawaiian swing in which he shot 45 under par and averaged 65.88 per round. He hasn’t won yet this season, but it surely won’t be long in coming.
SPARE a thought for poor Brendan Steele. After throwing away a two-shot lead with two holes to play at the 2020 Sony Open, Steele did the same thing again this year, squandering a three-shot advantage as he made the turn at Waialae. Two bogeys and seven pars on the back nine saw him losing out yet again. He will feel that Hawaii owes him one.
THERE will be no amateurs in the field at this year’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. With the pandemic raging throughout California, tournament officials did the only reasonable thing by eliminating the amateur portion of the tournament. That means there will be no excruciating antics from actor Bill Murray and no six-hour rounds for the pros to endure. It also means that the PGA Tour can set up Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill properly. So a tournament that is normally a turn-off could actually turn out to be a classic this year.
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