No one will remember Jordan Spieth for world-class athleticism. He’s physically talented, but not the Usain Bolt of golf. More of a golf savant with an intense ability to will the ball in the hole. I think of Cyclops, the Marvel Comics superhero with laser eyes when the putter heats up. His focus drives the game and that’s why we picked him to win. He played well last week in Dallas and is focused on getting the career grand slam. He’s dialed in, and that’s his best weapon.
A perfect pairing for theater, Spieth and Koepka go off at 2:50 p.m. ET in the final group. If anyone can chip at Koepka’s runaway—it’s Spieth. If anyone can ding Koepka’s armor—it’s Spieth. And Spieth’s shorter than Koepka which is good. He’ll be hitting approaches first all day and maybe, just maybe put some pressure on the leader.
It was the 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral Miami. Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy played together on Saturday and both were playing well. They arrived at the par five 550-yard 8th hole. McIlroy hit it 50 yards past Spieth who laid up. McIlroy hit a long iron right over the flag to the back fringe about 30-feet away. Spieth was left with an 80-yard wedge, hit it tight and tapped in for birdie. McIlroy three-putted for par, blew up and bogeyed the next. McIlroy finished T3 ahead of Spieth, but it’s that kind of pestering play from Spieth that can drive a bomber mad.
It’s that kind of play that might bother Koepka because no one can slug with him right now. Spieth’s cerebral-chess approach is the field’s only chance—it’s all they’ve got.