Spieth regains spot as top golfer with Open win

Jul 25, 2017 3:00 AM

I am calling it The Jordan Spieth Year after the young golfer’s stellar performance in the back nine on Sunday at The Open in England.

Spieth shone with one eagle, three birdies and one par in the last five holes as he won his third major title by 3 strokes over Matt Kuchar, who has never won a major. Kucher had his best chance, and at one point it looked his time had come, but Spieth rallied for a strong finish reminding everyone, including me, how great he can be.

About a month ago, I wrote and talked on my podcast “Sticks and Stones” that there could be trouble in paradise with his caddy, Michael Greller, but that never happened. I thought they might part ways, but Greller made a difference for Spieth in his victory.

The caddy’s words of encouragement during The Open reminding him of his stature in the golf world and that he belonged with the elite, seemed to be just what Spieth needed to hear at just the right time. Spieth with the three majors seems to be full speed ahead. Unlike Tiger in his prime, Spieth is more inconsistent with his play, but if he’s on, then look out.

Jack Nicklaus tweeted “Terrific stuff!” and that’s all I needed to hear. The planets are aligned again. Dustin Johnson, 33, and the reinvigorated Rory Mcllroy, 28, who finished fourth, will have to contend with the soon-to-be 24-year-old Spieth.

As for Kuchar, 39, they don’t come any classier, and whether he wins a major or not, he played with the best player in golf and held his own.