SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – After completing his final round in a major in 2016, Jordan Spieth took stock of a week where the results didn’t quite match the potential.
“It’s a tournament of what could have been, given how I struck the ball,” he said.
His assessment describes his T-13 effort at the PGA Championship, where he finished eight shots behind Jimmy Walker following a 2-under 68 in the final round. But it’s also an accurate descriptor for his year in the majors, which will now be defined by the one that got away at Augusta National.
“If I close that one out, then it’s one of the best major seasons I’ll ever have,” Spieth said. “I’m not going to hang my head low on it. I made the cut in all of them, which obviously isn’t the goal for me. I contended in one and had a chance to win. I learned a lot from that experience, just wanted to give myself that chance again.”
Spieth will now take three weeks off before starting his run through the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and it’s a break he is looking forward to after playing a torrid stretch through the spring and summer.
“A lot of rest. This was a trying two months,” he said. “Take it easy, work my way back in slowly. Really excited about the playoffs and the Ryder Cup at the end, with emphasis on the Ryder Cup, obviously, trying to work through that (six)-week stretch.”
Spieth said he unlocked a putting key after the first two rounds at Baltusrol, and while the putts failed to drop during his finale on the soggy Lower Course, he remains confident that a return to his 2015 form could be on the horizon – perhaps in time for him to defend his FedEx Cup title.
“Just waiting for it all to click,” he said. “I believe it will soon.”