Jordan Spieth on his Scheffler comments? "I didn't mean it to sound that way"

PGA Tour superstar Jordan Spieth has explained what he meant when he spoke about Scottie Scheffler's remarkable victory at the Players Championship. 

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Wed, 15 Mar 2023
Jordan Spieth on his Scheffler comments? "I didn't mean it to sound that way"

Jordan Spieth went on a deep dive about Scottie Scheffler after he dominated the Players Championship. 

There is no denying that Scheffler is on an absolutely remarkable run. Six wins now. He looks unstoppable when he smells blood. 

Spieth was asked if Scheffler's form reminded him of himself between 2015-2017 when he won two major championships. 

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His answer involved gambling, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Spieth also urged the golf world not describe that spell as a 'once-in-a-lifetime-run.' 

'I hate when people say that,' he said

You can watch his answer here:

Spieth is back in action on the PGA Tour at the Valspar Championship. 

And the 29-year-old Texan was asked if he deliberately sounded 'wistful' when talking about Scheffler. 

Spieth said: 

"Yeah, I didn't necessarily mean to sound that way. I mean, I don't know, is that a synonym for jealous? I would say -- no, I know, I'm joking.
"Of course. I mean, it's the greatest feeling. It's such a hard sport. When you feel like you're mastering it, there's nothing cooler. He's got be to feeling that right now. He's had to have felt that way for quite awhile now.
"But that's what's fun about this sport as well is you can get knocked down, you can feel the lowest of the lows and the highest of the highs, and if you're willing to kind of want to play that game, that risky game in it, then the reward is massive.
"That's the goal is to try to get to that level. There's a lot of steps to get there."

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Spieth added: 

"So I think your question was, do I feel that way, and absolutely I do feel like it is challenging when you're like, man, I know I can do that, but I'm not doing it, but why not? But if -- I've tried to play that in my head and take care of it in a day and it doesn't work that way.
"It's a process and you have to love the process. You have to love the practice. I mean, I've seen the hours Scottie puts in. This isn't just a he shows up and does it. He grinds. He's a grinder. He puts a lot of time into it. You have to. And he prioritizes it.
"If someone's going to knock him off, they're going to have to be doing the same thing and have the talent that he has, and there's not a whole lot of people that have that."

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Spieth is looking to add to his tally of 13 PGA Tour victories this week. 

The defending champion is Sam Burns

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