At 21-years-old, Jordan Speith is the master of all he surveys. In a season where he seemingly can do no wrong, the young Texan appears to be taking all the hype in his stride. Annoying, isn’t it?
I keep looking for a flaw; not in his golf game (that would be a futile mission) but in his character. Just something that proves that the man who is on the very precipice of true greatness is actually human.
Okay, he’s not the most charismatic of guys. He isn’t going to crack a few funnies in his press conferences.
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You could also say that he’s a bit on safe side; his deflection of questions faced immediately after his dramatic win at the controversial Chambers Bay is testament to that.
When he was asked to comment on the state of the course, he just squeezed the trophy that bit tighter and dodged directly answering it by praising the fans for the support they had shown all week.
Personally, I was on the edge of my seat, waiting for him to give it big licks about those pesky greens. Alas, it was not to be. And this certainly doesn’t make him a bad person, far from it in fact.
To his eternal credit, he ensures that he says the right thing at the right time, all the while maintaining a quite wonderful golf game.
At such a young age, Speith should be applauded for managing the fine juggling-act of being camera & video friendly and at the same time ripping it down the middle of the fairway like he has no distractions in the world.
At around 6/1 favourite for the Open Championship, although the odds would have undoubtedly been a bit more generous had Rory been in the mix, some people still genuinely see this as great value.
When you consider the amount of truly great players in the field, that is quite staggering and proves just how good this guy is.
If he manages to tame The Old Lady come tea-time on Sunday, the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits may well be the most anticipated major in history.