Spieth looks Tiger-esque in latest dramatic win

CROMWELL, Conn. – Chasing ghosts.

That’s how Jordan Spieth described his game plan this week at the Travelers Championship. It’s the 23-year-old’s unique way of setting benchmarks when you find yourself sleeping on leads and winning tournaments in wire-to-wire fashion.

“Kind of chase a ghost which is normally the goal when you're in the lead is chasing score, that can be more challenging than chasing somebody else down,” Spieth said.

But beyond the immediate day-to-day goals, Spieth’s career at this early juncture could also be considered in the same context.

With his dramatic hole-out from a greenside bunker at the first extra hole at TPC River Highlands, Spieth moved into some historically elite company on Sunday.

Comparisons to Tiger Woods are always wildly unfair, if not patiently unfounded. Most will tell you Woods’ career line is unrealistic even for the modern game’s best, but with his 10thPGA Tour victory on Sunday, Tiger is now the only competition for Spieth in at least one race.

Spieth’s overtime triumph over Daniel Berger made him just the second player to win 10 events before turning 24. Woods won 15 times before his 24th birthday, a mark that is out of Spieth’s reach since he turns 24 on July 27, but considering the company he’s keeping at this point in his career, it’s impressive nonetheless.

Spieth isn’t Tiger, but his performance at the Travelers Championship was unquestionably Tiger-esque.

“He’s going to hit it to 20 feet and make the putt. You know why?” asked Ryan Palmer as he watched the final dramatic moments. “Because Tiger would have made it.”

To be clear, Palmer – a regular practice round partner of Spieth’s and his partner earlier this year at the Zurich Classic – isn’t suggesting that Spieth is the next Tiger Woods. Nor is he insinuating that he’s destined for a similar career. But in the big moments, moments like Sunday at the Travelers, there is a quality that can only be compared to the 14-time major champion.

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 26 Jun 2017 09:04:43

 



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