He is a former US Junior Amateur champion who (in his first year at the University of Texas) led the team to an NCAA championship before turning pro. Despite failing to secure a tour card at Q School, he took advantage of some sponsor’s exemptions to win the John Deere Classic before representing the US in that year’s Presidents Cup.
Spieth works extensively on target training. He hits every other club at a dedicated target staying on the range until he meets certain standards with each club. For example, he would have to hit nine out of 10 mid-iron shots within a 30-foot wide area. When at tournaments, his focus is on ball-control, shot shape and the target. Those same standards also apply to his cross-handed putting routine.
The most important statistic with regards to Tour success is the Adjusted Scoring Average. Spieth has the lowest ASA on the PGA Tour in that he is the third best ranked player for the par threes; the second best for the par fours and the 11th best for the par fives
At an average of 285 yards (42nd), Spieth is nowhere near the longest driver on the Tour or indeed the most accurate (64th) but that doesn’t seem to worry him too much.
Indeed he is ranked the best player on the tour hitting approach shots from the rough and the 11th best hitting them from the fairway. He is especially strong in the range from 175-225 yards — a distance more regularly associated with the major championships.
Spieth’s short game has improved hugely since turning pro. It, combined with his iron play, make him a formidable opponent. He simply hits too many greens, with makeable birdie putts and when he does miss a green, he invariably has the short game to almost guarantee a par save.
If Spieth does have an Achilles heel, then it is with the short putts.
It has been noticeable down the stretch in his major victories this year that he has noticeably tightened up when the pressure has come on!
That said, he is a remarkably good middle distance putter from 15 plus feet especially in the clutch. His pace putting is good — a huge asset this week.
Without doubt he has enough in his arsenal to win this week but he must first negotiate some of the obstacles you don’t usually see on the PGA Tour, like uneven fairway lies, changing wind patterns, the wet long wispy rough and pot bunkers. All will have their say.