Stats Focus: Jordan Spieth’s Approach Struggles

Jordan Spieth ran off four straight birdies to end his first round at Firestone, and sits at 2-under par. Credit: AP.

And in 2016, the 22 year-old Texan once again leads important statistical category – not a huge surprise. But if you’ve followed Spieth closely, over the last couple of years, you may have noticed that something is a little off this year. You can’t be more right.

JORDAN SPIETH RANK 2015 RANK 2016
SG – Off the Tee 15 18
SG – Approach the Green 11 113
SG – Around the Green 7 6
SG – Tee to Green 4 16
SG – Putting 9 7
SG – Total 2 8

The PGA Tour recently expanded on their Strokes Gained – Tee to Green Statistic by breaking it down.

The biggest difference you’ll notice comes on Spieth’s approach shots. For a player to lead the tour’s Scoring Average category, yet stand so far behind the field, relative to Approach Shots, speaks highly of his short game.

The 8-time PGA Tour winner certainly seemed a little choppy at the Memorial Tournament. But he’s also famous for talking his ball down, so don’t be surprised if you see a whole lot of it at his next start — the US Open.

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