2014 Memorial Tournament: Jordan Spieth A New Player In Return To Muirfield Village

By Brandon Raper
Jordan Spieth PGA Tour Memorial Tournament Muirfield Village
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If it seems like Jordan Spieth gets a lot of time on these pages, you’re not wrong. Of course, there’s a good reason for that. The guy has backed up nearly all the hype that started last year, and he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down and resting now that he’s “made it”.

Case in point: Spieth has played in 16 events already this season, and this week’s Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village will be his fourth in a row. It might be a case of getting in while the getting’s good, but it’s a whole different discussion when you look at the results.

Since missing a surprising cut at the Sony Open back in January, Spieth has only finished outside the top-25 in a stroke play event three times. In that same span, he’s earned four top-tens and nearly won at both the Masters and The PLAYERS Championship. The only thing missing from his 2014 resume is a victory, and the way he’s been playing, that could come any week now.

The way his first trip to “Jack’s Place” went in 2013, you couldn’t be faulted for thinking that the Memorial doesn’t look like an ideal candidate for a win. Marred by a Saturday round of 82, Spieth finished tied for 63rd place, but that seems like ages ago when you think about how far he’s come.

As a member of Team USA in last year’s President’s Cup, Spieth went 2-2 for the week, but the lasting memory has to be standing on the 18th green with his teammates, hoisting the trophy as the youngest American ever to do so. Now, at 20, he returns with the experiences of a player ten years older.

With so many miles between the current version of Jordan Spieth and the one that was just working week in and week out to earn his membership last year, you have to like his chances. The stars are out in force for what will be a final US Open tune-up for many, but counting out one of the most driven players in recent history would be a huge mistake.

Brandon Raper is the lead golf writer for Rant Sports. “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @Brandon__Raper, and join him on Google+.

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