DUBLIN, Ohio – Jordan Spieth could hang up his clubs for the rest of the year and still look back on a season that most players would covet: two wins, one major, three runner-ups and $5.7 million in the bank.
But Spieth isn’t resting on those laurels – far from it, actually.
Spieth is in the field this week at the Memorial after a fortnight of de facto hometown events in Texas. This will mark his third straight start, his fifth event in the last six weeks and his ninth since the Valero Texas Open in late March.
Put another way, Spieth has already crammed as many competitive rounds into the last 10 weeks (29) as Tiger Woods has played in the last 15 months.
So does all of that competition lead to fatigue? Not when you’re 21 years old with a green jacket hanging in your closet.
“I have no problem with it; I felt great this year. Only a couple of times have I felt a little worn out,” Spieth said. “This week, the first couple of days I was a little worn out just off of purely long weeks last week. But I’ve gotten back and ready to play this week, and my game felt great yesterday. It felt great today.”
Spieth was a runner-up two weeks ago at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, and his missed cut at The Players Championship is the only time he has finished outside the top 30 during his torrid spring stretch. With the results still piling up, Spieth has no intention of tweaking his busy schedule.
“I’m striking the ball better than I did the last two weeks,” he said. “So I don’t see much of an issue with it. I’m young, don’t have my own family obligations. And I love to play the game. So I don’t see that necessarily changing anytime soon.”
After a stretch that might send some players looking for a place to rest and recharge, Spieth displayed an attitude that belies his age.
“I enjoy working at something that is impossible to conquer,” he said. “I enjoy that challenge, because each time you get closer and closer to conquering it, you get those rounds that you’re in the zone and you’re firing on all cylinders and in contention, and you feel your blood going like you’re skydiving.
“I live for the thrill of it. That’s the fun part, to see how you can react in those situations, how you can control your heart rate and produce even better shots than when it wasn’t there.”