Let’s not forget, Jordan Spieth was the man that came within a whisker of winning “all four majors” last year. But his performance at last weeks Hyundai Tournament of Champions was something out of the ordinary.
Spieth shot rounds of -7, -9, -8, -6 = -30 total, it was four days of exhibition Golf and even i was amazed at how well he performed. We shouldn’t be that surprised anymore by Jordan Spieth after last year’s achievements, but this was a “huge” statement of intent on his behalf.
I’m sure Rory McIlroy was a very interested spectator from his home in Palm Beach Gardens, and I’m sure that Rory will want to come out firing in his first event and put a similar marker down!
The stage is set for these two players to battle it out in all the big events and I’m sure Golf fans all over the world will be tuning in every time they tee it up?!!
How i compare the two players:
I’d say Spieth is the best putter and probably has the edge on McIlroy from 100yrds and closer (just). But i’d say other than that, McIlroy has Spieth’s number in terms of all the other attributes. However, where i’d say Spieth is unique is between the ears. He possesses the belief, grit, heart, determination, calmness under pressure, golfing brain, winning mentality, no fear & attitude of a Tiger Woods in his pomp but with a spinkling of Freddy Couples. By that i mean he carries himself in such away that everybody likes him, he’s friendly, a good sportsman, polite, respectful etc. It’s a unique blend of characteristics that sets Jordan Spieth aside from the rest.
It’s fair to say, with this rivalry building nicely, it will keep everyone on the edge of their seat’s this year. But let’s not forget the other players that will also be knocking on the door, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed, Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka….the list goes on!
The game hasn’t had this sort of strength in depth for a long time, last week in Hawaii has definitely wet the appetite for what will be another box office year of Golf on both tours!
Rob Brooks @GolfNation_