The 2016 PGA season is now in full swing, and with just a few weeks until The Masters, on April 7, the world #1 Jordan Spieth hasn’t exactly had a world #1 season…yet.
Spieth’s season began with a win at Kapula, Hawaii on the Plantation Course in the Hyundia Tournament of Champions, going -30 and winning by a total of 8 shots over Patrick Reed. It looked as though Jordan was going to continue his tear through the PGA Tour.
To find Spieth’s last top-ten finish, you have to travel back to the Singapore Open in late Janurary, where he finished 2nd. His next four tournaments were different stories.
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am 2016: T21
2016 Northern Trust Open: Missed cut
2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship: T17
2016 Valspar Championship: T18 (won in 2015)
The 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play will be Jordo’s last tournament until The Masters, so it will be important for him have a weekend to gain some momentum going into golf’s biggest stage.
It certainly won’t be easy, with Jason Day (now the world #2) winning his first tournament of the year this past weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and world #4 Rickie Fowler having a pretty good season propelled by a win in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Oh, and former world #1 Adam Scott has won back-to-back tournaments already this season. And you can’t forget about the two lefties, Phil (who has three top-five finishes), and Bubba (who has a win at the NTrust Open).
You may realize that a very big name has been left off this list. Rory McIlroy has never won a Masters tournament, and it is the only major left on his career grand-slam checklist. The former world #1 hasn’t won since last season, and has only one top-five finish this season. He has been dynamite up until he hits to the green, where he is ranked 147th in total putting. With that being said Rory is not one of my favorites to win this year’s Masters.
It doesn’t sound like Tiger will be back for this year, but I would put my money on the fact that we have not seen the last of Tiger Woods at the Masters.
That pretty much sets the stage for what should be a wild next few weeks.