Here is why it's important for Jordan Spieth to win a major soon
Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia started their careers on the same path. Will they go differently at some point?
Ah, The Kid.
He teased us with a first nine that bordered on the stuff of legend and though he didn't waver down the stretch run, he still got beat. He straight up lost to somebody who was just better than him. Spieth acknowledged that after the round.
"Ultimately, Bubba played some incredible golf. Hats off to him. It wasn't going to be a whole lot I could do, unless I played a flawless round, even after being a few under. So he deserved it, 8 under on this golf course was a number that I thought would be difficult to achieve after the first couple days. He found a way to do it."
That happens in golf and it's fine and that doesn't mean he's a complete and total superstar.
But it doesn't mean he is, either.
Listen to what Spieth said about the experience afterwards.
"Oh, it was so much fun, it really was. Even if I didn't show it there on the back nine, it was. I took it all in, standing ovations for both of us to each green. It was a dream come true.
Although it sits a little hard right now, I'll be back and I can't wait to be back."
That sounds a lot like what another another kid who was once the future of golf said back in 1999 after defeating a tree but falling at the hands of Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship.
A 19-year-old named Sergio Garcia.
"I can only tell you it was the best week of my life. I've never had so much fun playing golf."
We've already looked at the similarities between Sergio's career and Spieth's career but this Masters has to be folded in as well.
Both carefree kids with limitless major opportunity.
But it went poorly for Sergio because he didn't win a major the next year, 2000, and he didn't win one in 2001 either and you know, he hasn't won one yet.
That starts to get in your head a little bit when, at 20 you're supposed to win all of 'em. I'm not saying the stuff between Spieth's ears is the same as what's between Sergio's but I'm saying that I think it's important that Spieth clear that major hurdle in his next 15 chances, the next four years.
You don't want to be the guy at 24 whose best moment was almost beating a guy named Bubba. Especially if you want to be, as his brother noted "one of the best players of all time."
The Kid, however, says all the right things and I think he's made up of greatness, through and through. I think he's as tough a cat as there is on tour.
"I'm hungry," said Spieth. "I mean, to be honest with you, that was fun, but at the same time it hurts right now. Although it was going into the week I wanted to get in contention on the back nine Sunday and that's what happened, and didn't come out on top, but I could take a lot of positives away, felt very comfortable out there, my game felt like it will holed up and I think I'm going to go forward from here. That's a great feeling."
I hope so, anyway.
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