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Poulter: Spieth could go down as best putter ever

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Jordan Spieth doesn’t bash the ball like Dustin Johnson, or flush every iron shot like Henrik Stenson, but he owns a short game that is the envy of every Tour pro. 

He ranks near the top of almost every statistical category on the greens, and he leads the PGA Tour in putting average (1.693), putts per round (27.88) and putts holed from 20-25 feet (28.85 percent). He is only second on Tour in lag putting (1 feet, 11 inches) and one-putt percentage (43.79 percent). 

Overall, Spieth is ranked sixth this season in strokes gained-putting; Jimmy Walker is No. 1. 

“Statistically he’s the best putter in the game,” Ian Poulter said of Spieth in an interview with Reuters, “and he may go down as the best anyone has ever seen.”

It’s little wonder, then, that Spieth, who turned 22 on Monday, has four wins this season (including two majors) and has earned nearly twice as much ($9.17M) as Bubba Watson ($4.72M), who is No. 2 on the money list. 

Poulter said it is Spieth’s proficiency from 20-25 feet that separates him from his peers. The world No. 2 has made 15 of his 52 attempts this season.

“I don’t believe we’ve seen statistics on putting like we’ve seen from Jordan,” Poulter said. “If you look at the percentage of putts he holes from 25 feet, it’s remarkable. That’s generally the distance you hit it to when you are playing well. It’s an amazing percentage of putts that he holes and we all want that sort of putting stroke.”