Jordan Spieth, the 19 year old phenom that is in the midst of taking the PGA Tour by storm has garnered a lot of pressure leading up to this week’s Greenbrier Classic. Not much is usually expected of teenagers on the PGA Tour – the story is generally based on the fact that they’re even in an event, let alone if they were to be in contention. Spieth isn’t your average teenage golfer, however. He has accumulated over $1.1 million in earnings in 14 events this year (he’s made 10 cuts) – all without actually having a Tour card.
Spieth is guaranteed a card next year thanks to his handsome income, but right now he is looking to get into the FedEx Cup playoffs this year. He’s not able to do that without a victory because even though he has five top 10 finishes this year, only players with a Tour card are eligible to compete in the playoffs – something that he can only attain with a win in 2013. Coming off of a tie for sixth at the AT&T National, Spieth has a legitimate chance of securing that victory this week.
He has played well beyond his years even if the pressure of being in contention at Congressional Country Club last week seemed to weigh him down a bit. He’s not the longest off of the tee, but I expect that will change once he fills out in the next few years. He is accurate, though, ranking 20th in driving accuracy and 56th in greens in regulation. He has a tendency to fall off once he’s on the dance floor, ranking 134th in strokes gained – putting. Spieth is still 27th in scoring even though he has had some difficulty on the greens. The difficulties he has experienced are all things that are to be somewhat expected from a 19 year old playing on some of the biggest stages in the sport.
I don’t know if Spieth will have enough in the tank to pull out a win this week, but I would not be the least bit surprised to see him finish in the top 10.