Jordan Spieth's comp is actually Sergio Garcia
Jordan Spieth has 10 (TEN!) top 10s in his first 25 PGA Tour events as a pro.
This "what have you done for me lately" sports world we live in is teetering on madness, really. LeBron James' legacy hinges on every possession, Aaron Rodgers is canonized one minute and vilified the next.
Luke Kerr-Dinnen wrote a post for Golf Digest looking at Spieth's career thus far compared to some other great players of today, including Tiger Woods. The post was great and the Woods comp seemed more than adequate.
Woods has 12 top 10s in his first 25 PGA Tour events. But six of them were wins (including a major) and Spieth only has one win and it was the John Deere Classic.
So while that comparison is pretty good, I have an even better one.
We all remember Garcia as the baby-faced kid who scissor-kicked his way in a dual with Tiger at the 1999 PGA Championship but the reality is that his first 25 PGA Tour events were as amazing as Spieth's.
Let's take a look...
Spieth through 25 events: One win, four seconds, 10 top 10s, 15 top 25s, 20 made cuts
Garcia through 25 events: Zero wins, one second, nine top 10s, 15 top 25s, 21 made cuts
Garcia also did better in majors than Spieth and won twice on the European Tour in the middle of racking up those first 25 starts on the PGA Tour.
The similarity in results is uncanny.
And maybe not a good thing for young Spieth.
Here's a look at some other top 10 totals through 25 PGA Tour events as a pro (age in parentheses, h/t to Kerr-Dinnen on a lot of these)
Tiger Woods (21) -- 12 top 10s
Jordan Spieth (20) -- 10
Sergio Garcia (21) -- 9
Ernie Els (25) -- 7
Keegan Bradley (25) -- 4
Phil Mickelson (21) -- 3
Rory McIlroy (21) -- 3
Bubba Watson (27) -- 3
Justin Rose (23) -- 3
Adam Scott (23) -- 2
Jim Furyk (24) -- 2
Webb Simpson (23) -- 2
Woods of course had six wins (including a major), Els had one win (a major) and a ton of top 10s at majors, and Bradley had two wins (including a major) to Spieth's one win (no majors).
But if history is any indication Spieth is going to be a star for a long, long time. The most impressive thing to me is how few cuts he misses.
Matt Kuchar said last year that there's a sort of 10-year learning curve on the PGA Tour and Spieth seems to have solved that in more like 10 events.
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