Hours after he was eliminated from the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship, Jordan Spieth offered his two cents on how the event's format should be tweaked.
Spieth led the field in aggregate score through the first three days at TPC Harding Park, playing 49 holes in 15 under. While every other player who was at least 11 under advanced out of the group stage, Spieth was upset by Lee Westwood in their match Friday. Westwood advanced to the Round of 16, while Spieth was eliminated.
The 21-year-old then took to Twitter to share his thoughts on how best to change the format:
In my opinion.. If change in format was wanted/needed.. Makes sense to do stroke play first 3 rounds then top 16 into bracket. Agree?— Jordan Spieth (@JordanSpieth) May 2, 2015
A move from single-elimination to group play was expected to better preserve some of the event's top seeds, but the matches didn't play out that way in San Francisco. Only five of the top 16 players won their groups, and only Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk advanced among the top 10 players in the world.
Spieth's suggestion should come as no surprise given some of his past success. The USGA uses a stroke-play qualifier for many of its match-play events, including the U.S. Junior Amateur, which Spieth won in both 2009 and 2011. The NCAA also uses a team-focused variant of the format in the NCAA Championships, which Spieth helped the University of Texas win in 2012 when he was a freshman.