Keep your head up, Jordan Spieth. Even the best golfers in the world miss cuts from time to time, just ask Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. After some difficulty navigating the greens at the Valero Texas Open, Spieth will not be playing the weekend.
His first round was solid enough, shooting a one under par 71. After Thursday’s session, he seemed to be playing well enough to be able to make it to the weekend. Unfortunately, as we all know, the golf gods are a fickle bunch and they decided to get into Spieth’s head on Friday.
The second round is where he ran into some real difficulty. Spieth carded a four over par 76 on Friday, putting him three over par and two shots shy of the cut line “I just feel like my little sister could have putted for me and shot a better round,” Spieth said. “I made everything on the practice green. And then I got out there and missed a couple early and I was never able to settle down.” That’s pretty much the story of my life, kid.
In his post-round interview, Spieth said that he counted 36 putts in his second round, while the official PGA Tour stats counted 30. Whatever the true number, he took entirely too many strokes with the putter to have any shot at contending in this event.
If Spieth weren’t so immensely talented and hadn’t proven that he can handle pressure so well, I would attribute the poor putting to the fact that the 19 year old was playing with Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar, two of the most recognizable names and faces in the game of golf. That’s enough to give most people a case of the yips, but I can’t see Spieth being phased by that.