If he were asked the same question in 2015, Jordan Spieth would have to choose between a Green Jacket and a U.S. Open, or maybe even a FedExCup trophy and Tour MVP, all while being ranked No. 1 in the world at just 22.
But it’s not 2015, it’s 2019, so when he was asked, “What’s the best thing that’s happened to you on a golf course this year,” he replied, “A lot of great things have happened this year. How do I nail down one? I’m not sure.”
In reality, Spieth was blowing smoke, because little in the way of “great things” have happened on the golf course lately. In 13 starts this season, a T21 at the Masters was the closest he came to cracking the top-20.
Attempting to spin, and keep positive vibes, Spieth paused, and said, “I don’t know if I can single one out right now. I’ve had a couple of hole-out wedges, which are always fun. I think San Antonio and then at Torrey Pines. The hole-out at Torrey Pines was really fun, big crowds on that green. It’s a military hole on the 13th hole there, and to a front pin, it’s always a wedge that you’re kind of looking to feed in. I can’t see it go in, but the whole crowd rising and going nuts, that was a cool moment.”
Four years ago, Spieth’s highlights were five wins, two majors, 10 top-3s, and 15 top-10s, playoff champion, and world No. 1. This year it’s a “couple of hole-out wedges.” Golf is a cruel game.