After Further Review: Spieth's smoke-and-mirror show


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

On Jordan Spieth letting another one slip away ...

Perhaps we should have listened to Jordan Spieth.

The Texan spent the whole week at the AT&T Byron Nelson explaining that his game wasn’t there, but he remained near the top of the leaderboard in front of hometown fans all the same.

On Sunday, though, the smoke-and-mirror show finally gave out as Spieth ballooned to a closing 74 that at times seemed even uglier than the score indicated. The two-way miss continued to plague him, and Spieth was unable to salvage his round on the greens as he so often has in the past.

There’s still plenty of silver lining – after all, most players would like their off weeks to produce a T-18 finish. And Spieth will have another chance to get on track next week in front of partisan crowds, just up the road in Fort Worth.

But this was a great opportunity for Spieth to quell any lingering post-Masters criticism, and it was one that he let slip away. – Will Gray

On how Sergio Garcia's win could impact the Ryder Cup ...

Sergio Garcia won a PGA Tour event on Sunday, which means it must be a Ryder Cup year. The Spaniard showed the kind of grit that has made him one of the European team’s most productive players at the biennial matches, rallying from three strokes down with six holes to play to force a playoff at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Perhaps the most concerning part for U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III is that Garcia emerged from a crowded field that included many players who will likely be on this year’s team, including Brooks Koepka, who made a double bogey-6 on the first playoff hole, and Jordan Spieth, who struggled to a closing 74. – Rex Hoggard