NORTON, Mass. – Jordan Spieth has impressed the golfing world with maturity beyond his years, but he confesses he still fights the hot-headed tug of impetuous youth.
He fought it last week missing the cut at The Barclays.
“There’s always maturing to do,” said Spieth, 22. “I feel like we hold it together extremely well and learn from our mistakes very quickly, which is key to our success on the course. But that fuse still can come up. Unless we find the right time as a team, me and [caddie] Michael [Greller], whether it's during a round, whether it's right after a round, to sit down and take a deep breath and toss it away, and kind of restart, then it will get the best of me. And it has.”
Spieth said a “short fuse” also cost him at The Farmers Insurance Open and The Players Championship, where he missed cuts.
“It's done it a couple of times, where I haven't made cuts this year, where the fuse still went off, but I was able to hold it together a bit, but certainly could have improved,” Spieth said. “There's always room for improvement. And there's still a lot for me to learn out here. There's no doubt about that. I'm the first one to admit that I can still show some immaturity on the golf course, for sure.”
Spieth said he had issues as a frustrated 13- and 14-year-old player, but even then he wasn’t a club thrower. He never has been. He did once bend a putter in anger, though. He thinks he was 11 when he slammed his putter against his bag and bent it in a junior championship. Not knowing he was playing in violation of the rules with his club non-conforming, he played on, even excelled.
“I putted great,” Spieth said. “The putter was significantly bent. The thing was like a V. I think I made three birdies in the last six holes, and I was so excited about it.”
Spieth told his father, who promptly called the assistant pro overseeing the junior championship. Spieth was called into the club offices and told to read the relevant rule.
“I was just absolutely torn apart,” Spieth said.
“It was my one and only [disqualification],” Spieth said.