It was a rough go of things for Jordan Spieth to open the third round at the TOUR Championship, but he managed to hold it together enough to scrape together a one over par 71 in the third round. It could have been much worse. The 20-year old will enter the final round of the FedEx Cup Playoff finale at four under par and in a tie for fourth place, seven shots behind leader Henrik Stenson. Not too shabby for a guy who wouldn’t have even qualified for the playoffs had he failed to pick up a PGA Tour win this year.
There are several exceedingly unlikely things that would have to happen in order for Spieth to capture the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus but that doesn’t mean he should be disappointed. He didn’t think that he would make it to this point in his first season as a professional. “I didn’t think it would be a possibility this year at the beginning of the year, but now that I’m here, it’s time to maybe make—dig in and make something special happen,” Spieth said.
This kid is the real deal. This is only the first of many appearances that he is likely to make at the TOUR Championship. The real question is how many times he’s going to take home the title. In 22 events this year, Spieth has a victory and two second place results in addition to nine more top 25 results. Sure he shot a 71 today, but a significant portion of the field struggled in the rain. Spieth has to feel good about his chances to make up some ground tomorrow, considering he’s sixth on the Tour in final round scoring this year.
So, while he isn’t going to win the hardware this week, the future is certainly looking bright for Spieth. If he can manage to stay inside of the top 10 at East Lake it will be icing on what is already a very sweet cake. Plus, he’s got the Presidents Cup coming up in a few weeks.