Jordan Spieth is looking to get back to winning ways
Spieth raised plenty of eyebrows among his colleagues and also observers one week ago in turning to a Scotty Cameron T5W Tour mallet putter for the AT & T Byron Nelson at Irving, also in Texas.
However, after missing the cut with scores of 68 and 75, and this on top of also sitting out the weekend rounds a week earlier at the Players Championship in Florida, Spieth has now resurrected the putter that also took him to World No. 1.
His decision a week ago to switch the shortest club in his bag was just the third event Spieth has used a different putter, other than his usual Scotty Cameron 009 since turning pro in 2012.
And Spieth, who dropped to World No.7 following last week’s poor greens showing, explained the reasoning behind going back to the putter that earned him Majors glory in 2015.
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I was having a tough time aligning the ball up where I wanted it or getting comfortable with my setup
“I was having a tough time aligning the ball up where I wanted it or getting comfortable with my setup with the 009, and that's why I made a switch to a putter that kind of lined itself up,” he said.
“I just lost a little bit of the feel that I had with the putter I've been using for however many years. But what it did, was now I feel a lot more comfortable with my alignment and feel like I got my set up back to where I want it and I have that feel.
“My caddy and I played 36 holes on Sunday at Dallas National where I play and had a couple great putting rounds just as a day back to get going. That kind of made the decision that it was time, and I felt comfortable back on short- and mid-range putts with my alignment. It's all been setup related.
“So, I just needed to look at something different. I didn't know if it would be a week or a month, and ended up being a week and it feels good now”.
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Spieth’s current World Ranking is his highest since he was 6th in early 2015.
And if Spieth has any complaints, and it really was just a tongue-in-cheek throwaway remark, and that was to point out his name appears right on the bottom of nine rows of former winners on a “Champions Wall” located beside the first tee at this week’s Colonial Club host venue, and where legendary Texan Ben Hogan won the event five times from 1947 to 1959.
“Colonial, it's an old-school club. It's a very cool club to be in as a golf historian,” said Spieth.
“So, getting your name on that wall a couple times — my name is at the bottom of the row, and so you can't really see it during the year when the plants grow up. I need to get one on the top so you can see it a little bit better.
“That's the goal this year (smiling)”.
There is six Europeans competing this week and headed by Masters Champion, Sergio Garcia.