Jordan Spieth praises Scottie Scheffler but one thing bugs him: "I hated that!"

Jordan Spieth had high praise for Scottie Scheffler after he claimed the 2023 Players Championship, but there is one thing that annoys him.

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Mon, 13 Mar 2023
Jordan Spieth praises Scottie Scheffler but one thing bugs him: "I hated that!"

Jordan Spieth had a lot of high-praise for Scottie Scheffler after the 26-year-old American won The Players Championship. 

But there is one thing that annoys Spieth, who finished T-19 at TPC Sawgrass after getting some help from a fan's knee to make the cut. 

And that is having his spell as being the best player on the planet described as a 'once-in-a-lifetime run'. 

Spieth was at the peak of his powers between 2015 and 2017. He ticked off three majors during that period. 

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You know the rest of the story. After claiming the Open at Royal Birkdale, it was the start of a rapid decline. He had to wait 1,351 days for another win.

Spieth didn't believe he was too far away from being a factor last week. He lacked discipline at times, Spieth admitted. 

He had an amusing way to describe his four days: "You get Sawgrassed sometimes". 

Spieth was asked if Scheffler was in the middle of a 'once-in-a-lifetime' run. 

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He said:

"I mean, there's one guy that created a career out of a run and became the best ever. So not necessarily. But I think that -- and I honestly I hated when it was called a run for me, so I don't want to call it run for Scottie. He's playing really -- like even if he didn't have those two chip-ins, he's only leading by four."

What makes Scheffler so good, Jordan? Does Scheffler remind him of himself?

Spieth pointed out that Scheffler doesn't really have any fear when he's around the greens. He's got great hands, Spieth said, adding: 

"He's got every shot, and then at this point, once he won last year and obviously won the Masters, I feel like his -- when you're presented with those shots, if you don't feel like you have house money, you play them a certain way, but if you feel like it doesn't matter you're going to play the shot that could go closest even if it means disaster could happen, you still sit there and go for it and pull it off, similar to how Phil Mickelson played most of his rounds.
"But I'm saying I can't use examples of Scottie before he won. I'm not saying he didn't play that way. I can go off myself and say that when I started to feel like a couple years out here and having some success, I started to just trust flop shots and stuff where instead of making sure you have a putt at it, you're like, no, I'm going to try and see this go in, and I feel like he's just playing like that.
"There's nothing to lose, everything to gain for him, and it's a really nice place to be where he's at. I've been there. It's a really fun time playing golf that way when the ball does find the cup like that too." 

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It has also emerged that Scheffler made a bet with his caddie Ted Scott about the number of times he would chip in this year. 

Scheffler chipped in twice at the 2023 Players. "I'll be honest," Spieth said. "I think Teddy made a very bad bet." 

So do we. 

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