After Further Review: Spieth, Jutanugarn share storyline


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds. 

On a storyline shared by Jordan Spieth and Ariya Jutanugarn ...

Ariya Jutanugarn collapsed at the ANA Inspiration earlier this spring. A week later, Jordan Spieth melted down at the Masters. 

Look at them now.

With Jutanugarn’s victory Sunday at the LPGA Volvik Championship and Spieth’s at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, there are twin storylines fueling the year’s next major championships in men’s and women’s golf. Jutanugarn will head to the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in two weeks looking to redeem herself, and Spieth to the U.S. Open in three weeks looking to do the same. Sometimes wounds fester in golf, sometimes they turn into motivating scars.

On Spieth's 'slump' ...

Just about the time the collective was starting to ask what was wrong with Jordan Spieth, he answered.

The Golden Child closed with a pair of sporty 65s to win the second leg of the Dallas-Fort Worth Slam and quiet the questions, at least for now.

The problem with the inevitable second-guessing when it comes to Spieth is he’s never shied away from the spotlight but he’s done so on his own terms, regularly pointing out that seasons like the one he put together in 2015 are not easy and require an equal amount of stellar play and, yes, even a little luck. Spieth is no stranger to the former, and it turns out all he needed was a bit of the latter. - Rex Hoggard

On Spieth's winning formula ...

While his iron play gave him a chance at Colonial, Jordan Spieth won the Dean & DeLuca Invitational as he has so many events before – with his short game. Spieth poured in bomb after bomb during a final-round 65, each putt (or pitch, as was the case on No. 17) demoralizing his challengers just a little bit further.

Spieth has come under scrutiny in recent weeks for some shoddy iron play, and his stat line shows that the critiques were not entirely off-base. But rarely if ever will he simply stripe his way to a victory. In Fort Worth, Spieth showed once again that when he’s confident around the greens, he’s difficult to beat. It’s a notion worth remembering with the season’s biggest events lying just on the horizon. - Will Gray