It just hasn’t been Jordan Spieth’s year. After the young American enjoyed a record-breaking 2015 season, Spieth has struggled in the last couple of major tournaments – and he has slipped down the world rankings as a result of his performances. In fact, Spieth is now sitting third; below Australian and current world number one Jason Day and US Open champion Dustin Johnson.
However, it would be typical of Spieth to bounce back and record a much-needed victory at the PGA Championship in New Jersey. At the time of writing, Spieth is priced at 14/1 in Paddy Power’s US PGA betting markets – decent odds considering his impressive effort in the event last year. Spieth finished second in last year’s tournament but will be looking to go one better this summer; especially as it is the last major event of the 2016 season.
The 23-year-old will be quietly confident despite his struggles in recent weeks. This year, the PGA Championship will be held at Baltusrol course – and the layout should suit Spieth’s skillset more than previous events. Without a doubt, the world number three prefers pristine courses like Augusta National to traditional Links courses; and Spieth may feel much more at home whilst walking around Baltusrol.
Unfortunately, he faces stiff competition for the title. Golf is now more competitive than ever before and there are plenty of competitors who will believe they can finish at the top of the standings come Sunday. After 96 holes of golf, some rivals will tail off but Spieth has the longevity and the mental strength to hold off any threat to the title as he looks to claim a third major success.
If truth be told, he isn’t playing anywhere near his best right now but you always feel that Jordan Spieth has the ability to suddenly hit a round of 67 and put himself into contention at the top of the leaderboard. The Texas-born star won’t be well backed across the board but playing the underdog/unfancied favourite could work in his favour this week; especially as most of the attention will be on Johnson as he bids to climb above Day at the top of the rankings.
At the end of the day, Spieth’s biggest rival is himself. If he can control his emotions and focus on each round at a time, the 23-year-old can win this event. Spieth remains incredibly raw and, despite his early success, he still has plenty to learn. The PGA Championship is one of the most prestigious events of the golf calendar and a Spieth victory would be the perfect way to bow out and plan ahead to the 2017 season…