After Further Review: Call it a comeback for Spieth


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on Jordan Spieth's comeback, the PGA Tour's lackluster leaderboards and the age of parity.

Jordan Spieth didn’t win Sunday, and other than a couple of brief early moments when he got within a few strokes of the lead, he didn’t seriously contend. Even so, he still owned one of the more impressive performances of the weekend.

Three days earlier, after a lengthy fog delay, the 20-year-old opened his Valero Texas Open campaign with four consecutive bogeys and six in his first seven holes. This looked like it could have been the point where, after a whirlwind year that saw him win, reach the Tour Championship, compete in the Presidents Cup and rise to inside the world’s top 20, he finally ran out of gas.

Instead, he played his final 65 holes in 10 under to claim a 10th-place result. It’s not fair to compare any player with Tiger Woods, so I won’t do it. But throughout his career, one of Tiger’s trademarks has been strong finishes even when he doesn’t have his best stuff. It isn’t too soon to wonder whether Spieth will someday have a similar reputation. - Jason Sobel

Who hit the dimmer switch? PGA Tour leaderboards continue to work on low voltage this season. The stars just aren’t lighting them up.

In like a lamb, out like a lion? We’ll see which way spring turns at the Masters, but if this trend continues, look for a surprise winner at Augusta National.

Your winners since the calendar turned to March are Henley, Hadley, Reed, Senden, Every and Bowditch.

If you really love golf, you appreciate the work these players put into trying to make names for themselves. If you really love golf, you also understand the game struggles to grow beyond its niche without star power.

When sports fans outside the niche turn to golf at the majors, they turn to see the game's stars shine. They yawn at just about anything less.

Underdogs, Cinderella stories? They don’t resonate in golf the way they do in other sports. And they aren’t resonating this spring. – Randall Mell

Parity continues on the PGA Tour. Steven Bowditch’s victory over Matt Kuchar (T-4), who at No. 11 was the highest-ranked player in the field at the Valero Texas Open following Phil Mickelson’s withdrawal on Saturday, was by any definition an upset. But given what has transpired on Tour this season the Australian’s victory was the status quo.

Consider that in the last month Russell Henley, who was 109th in the world at the time, upset Rory McIlroy; Patrick Reed (No. 44 at the time) stunned the field at the WGC-Cadillac Championship; and Matt Every (No. 94) slipped by Adam Scott at Bay Hill, Bowditch’s victory is hardly a surprise. It’s simply business as usual. – Rex Hoggard