The busy schedule that Jordan Spieth has adopted at the start of the 2016 season is stirring a cause for concern among media officials and his fellow competitors after putting himself at risk of burning out with a large portion of the season still to play.
Spieth has played in seven tournaments since the start of the year which have involved flying all over the world to places like Hawaii, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and a even few across the U.S mainland.
In recent weeks, Spieth has had a slight dip in form and not made the top 15 in his last four tournaments, including a missed cut at the Northern Trust Open towards the end of February.
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This is a poor record compared to his four tournaments prior, where he finished joint fifth at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, fourth at the Hero World Challenge, second at the Singapore Open and a immaculate win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions - where he dominated throughout and finished on 30 under par, eight shots ahead of his closest rival.
His five tournament wins last year are obviously fuelling his desire to play in as many tournaments as possible, but with the Masters just around the corner. will his busy itinerary hinder his chances of retaining the prestigious green jacket?
Jason Day is particularly concerned about the world number one and believes that he is well on his way to burning himself out.
"I’m worried about him because I don’t know if he’s playing too much and he’s doing too many things with golf and sponsor obligations.
"He may get burned out and go through a rut where he doesn’t want to be on the golf course for a while."
Spieth has chosen not to compete in this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational and is his first week off since February as he looks to preserve some energy with the Masters just around the corner.
With big names like Jason Day coming voicing their concerns about the two-time Major winner, he has also noticed how his performances have been affected.
"It's been a wild schedule," Spieth told reporters after his finish in Singapore.
"And what I've learned is that I won't bounce back and forth from the states over here as often as I did. It's just tough."