Jordan Spieth didn’t hit the ball very well this week and still won.
At the Masters, Jordan Spieth was in complete control of his game and ran away with the tournament. This week at the US Open he was clearly not in the same kind of rhythm off the tee and frequently found himself having to grind out pars after finding the rough and/or missing the green. It seemed like Dustin Johnson hit every drive 350 yards down the middle of the fairway, but he was still beaten by a guy who was driving it less accurately and nowhere near as long.
This was the weekend when the media stopped caring about Tiger Woods.
Tiger Woods had a horrific US open, missing the cut at an unthinkable 16 over par, and nobody is talking about it. Sure, his opening score of 80 generated some headlines on Thursday, but after the thrilling finish on Sunday, everyone is now talking about Jordan Spieth and the potential for a decade long rivalry with Rory McIlroy. Tiger’s struggles are not even the most talked about poor performance of the weekend, as Dustin Johnson’s three put on the final hole is getting far more attention than Tiger’s 80. For the first few years of Tiger’s recent drought, there was nothing to take the golfing public’s mind off of him, as every major was won by a low profile, first time winner. Now that last four majors have all been won by either Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth.
What was Fox thinking with showing Jason Day’s 5 minute walk between holes?
This was Fox’s first time hosting a golf major, so it is to be expected if they have some hiccups as they get the hang of things, but what in God’s name were they thinking by cutting away from the golf to show us Jason Day spending 5 minutes walking between holes? Did they expect him to fall down the stairs or over the side of a hill? Is there a single viewer anywhere in the world who thought that was remotely interesting? The Twitterverse seemed to think asking Jordan Spieth about finding clothes to wear for a potential Monday playoff was the worst moment in the coverage, but that took a few seconds. The producers had what seemed like an eternity to reconsider whether they should just cut back to the golf, but kept the walk on the split screen right to the very end.
Rory McIlroy played really well this week.
As great as Jordan Spieth is, don’t forget about Rory McIlroy. He actually hit the ball better than Spieth this week but just couldn’t figure out the bumpy Chambers Bay greens until the final round when it was too late. He will likely never putt on greens like that again, so his tee to green success this week should give him plenty of confidence as he looks forward to the British Open at St. Andrews.