Former PGA Tour pro makes claim about Jordan Spieth's poor form

Former PGA Tour player Smylie Kaufman has put forward his theory as to why three-time major champion Jordan Spieth is so hit and miss these days.

Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth

Former PGA Tour player Smylie Kaufman has put forward his theory why Jordan Spieth isn't having the season he envisioned. 

Spieth finished third in his first start of the calendar year at The Sentry but since then is yet to really contend. 

The three-time major champion has not posted a top-five finish since, missed five cuts - including the 2024 Masters - and was even disqualified in one event for signing his scorecard incorrectly. 

Spieth has now fallen outside the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking and, alarmingly, sits outside the top 50 in the FedEx Cup standings, which would make him exempt for all of next year's signature events. 

His last win came at the 2022 RBC Heritage after his resurgent two seasons that saw him finally end a four-year winless drought. 

"It's funny, right? Because if you go and look at the stats, you get confused because if you would have supplanted his driving ability this year, in any other year, he's winning,” Kaufman told GOLF's Subpar

In recent years Spieth has been wild with his driver but, for some reason, this department appears to be one of his strengths. 

Kaufman added: "His putting was good to start the year, but his putting lately has really tailed off and now he's got an iron and wedge game that's just mediocre from his standards.

"I keep wanting to believe that one week it’s all just going to come together. 
"But when you have so many things that are just slightly off, it’s it seems like he pushes a little bit too much on some days to try to make something happen, instead of just letting the tournament come to him and letting his game come to him."
Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth
Kaufman put forward the theory that by concentrating so much on his driving it has led to an adverse affect with the rest of his game. 
“Maybe there’s a correlation too, when you make swing changes, you start hitting it further, sometimes there's a driver swing the guys have and there's sometimes there’s an iron swing the guys have," he said. 
"And I think he's kind of caught a little bit in between."
There is of course another theory.
Spieth have been heavily involved in the PGA Tour's attempts to broker a deal with LIV Golf's backers. 
The American replaced Rory McIlroy on the policy board and as a consequence has been sat through hours of Zoom meetings.
Is Spieth getting distracted by off-course matters?
Jordan Spieth results 2024

The Sentry


AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am


Genesis Invitational


WM Phoenix Open


Arnold Palmer Invitational


The Players


Valspar Championship


Valero Texas Open


Masters Tournament


RBC Heritage


CJ Cup Byron Nelson


Wells Fargo Championship


PGA Championship


Charles Schwab Challenge


the Memorial


U.S. Open


Travelers Championship


John Deere Classic


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