Town – Jordan
Spieth is hoping the part of his game that used to be his
biggest strength will click back into gear this week as he seeks a second US Open title.
Spieth arrives at Shinnecock
Hills in the midst of a slump, with his putter the chief culprit.
This season, Spieth is ranked
190th on the PGA Tour in strokes-gained putting, losing an average of .444
shots per round to the field.
Contrast that with 2015, the year
he won his first two major championships, when he finished the season ranked
In 2016 he finished ranked
second, before things started to fall off in 2017 when he finished 42nd.
Spieth’s putts per round numbers
have also seen a similar slump. From No.1 on tour in 2015 and 2016, he slipped
to 20th in 2017. This year he is 127th.
Asked to put his finger on the
reason behind the slump, Spieth replied: “Everyone goes through peaks and
valleys of results in any part of your game.”
“I just got a little off in
setup, and I’m really starting to bring it back now. It feels very good.”
Despite missing the cut at the
recent Memorial tournament, the 24-year-old Texan said he was happy with his
“I had, actually, a strong
performance on the greens at Muirfield,” Spieth said.
“It was my one bad ball-striking
week of the year, so I didn’t get four rounds in. But I putted well there and
am trending in the right direction.”
“I just kind of had a lot of
patience with it, and it’s coming along nicely,” Spieth said about his putter.
“The game feels like it’s in
really good shape right now, as good as it has this year. So got a good chance
at a strong second half of the year.”