Why Jordan Spieth's next four weeks are so important

Annette Crawford
May 16, 2018

The PGA Tour heads back to Texas this week for the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Spieth hasn't finished higher than a tie for 18th in six appearances at the Byron Nelson, but he has finished in the top 10 in four of his five appearances at the Fort Worth Invitational, including winning the tournament in 2016 and finishing tied for second a year ago and in 2015. A field of 156 players will tackle a new test in Trinity Forest Golf Club, which is hosting the event for the first time after a long stint at TPC Las Colinas. We all know what a links course can turn into if the wind is blowing, and it looks like...

"As a Dallas native, I have dreamed of playing in this event ever since my dad took me to watch when I was eight", wrote Spieth, now an 11-time PGA Tour victor with three major titles. "I've been out here quite a bit over the last - well, I was here the day they sprigged the greens so since then, I've been out here a lot".

"I was as comfortable as I've been in a pretty relatively uncomfortable type of situation this entire year, including even playing well at the Masters". Looks in great shape. Everything is starting to fall in place.

Quadruple-bogey on No. 18 aside, Spieth's performance at the Players was his best there since he finished tied for fourth in his tournament debut in 2014 (he missed the cut the previous three years), and his third-round 65 was his second-best round of the season.

"I got a little off in set-up in alignment with short game shots and putting and really starting to progress nicely, starting to see my lines better".

Spieth also went on to talk about watching Phil Mickelson at the tournament as a kid, a memory that has "stuck with me ever since". Zalatoris will be very comfortable this week as he went to school just down the road at Trinity Christian Academy.

"I had a lot of in between numbers on shots". Some putts that were - the speed was a little off or the line was a little off.

"So, feel good about the way things are". While he faded over the weekend on the Stadium Course, is only a few weeks removed from a run of three straight top-10 finishes. "Obviously this course I feel like I'm at an advantage, and the next two weeks have been good to me as well".

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