Ko and Spieth Against the World – Part 2

Nearly 2 years ago, I wrote an article predicting that Lydia Ko and Jordan Spieth would take the golfing world by storm in very short order. The real point of the article was to point out how quickly top ranked players can fall from grace. Currently, Ko and Spieth are ranked number 2 in the world in their respective tours and both seem poised to return to the top position.

Congratulations to Lydia Ko on winning her first Major. Setting the record for the youngest woman to win a Major, the sky is the limit for this young phenom. For three years she has enjoyed the rollercoaster ride of professional sports, yet still seems grounded and focused on be the best she can be!

Jordan Spieth has experienced more success since 2013. At 21, he appears to be unstoppable sometimes and a mere mortal others. His media exposure and pressure to perform is greater than Ko’s and he too is handling his world ranking extremely well. With the BMW Championship on the horizon, all eyes will be on Spieth to see if he can play his way out of his current funk.

The fall from grace happens just as quickly. During Ko and Spieth’s rise to the top, players such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson slide down the world rankings. Although Woods and Mickelson still have star power, their game does not seem sharp enough to compete regularly with the young lions.

Rory McIlroy took a few body blows in 2013 because of his poor play, but rebounded well in 2014/2015 until his unfortunate injury. The media reports were mixed and it will interesting to see if he can keep his number one ranking with Spieth and Jason Day on his heels.

Ko and Spieth have taken on the golfing world. For now, they are the players to beat! Being so young, the question is how long they can sustain their current prowess! The constant pressure to perform eventually will take its toll on these young superstars. The real question is how long will it be before the media discards these players for someone better!

I am a grateful golfer.

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5 thoughts on “Ko and Spieth Against the World – Part 2

  1. Ok I will go against the conventional wisdom just for the sake of argument. I believe that Lydia is a premiere woman golfer. Given the set up of the golf course and her talents – it is a match made in heaven. For example Lexi is longer but pays the price for not hitting fairways. Ko is just picture perfect and to be honest I am surprised she hasn’t won more often.
    Here is where I diverge. I think Jordan is a very good golfer but not an elite golfer. But I need to be careful – at age 21 he has 2 majors. He seemed invincible during a stretch of golf earlier in the season. But he missed a couple of cuts back to back. It is my impression , I have stats, that Jordan relies heavily on his putter to win tournaments more so than the other world class players. I am biased towards Day and McIlroy – primarily because they can play in any surface, on any setup and in any conditions. I do think Rory is a great front runner – like Tiger used to be. But Day is relentless. Aside from vertigo I think he had the longest sustained run of outstanding play.
    Just a few thoughts. I await the return comments.
    Btw – all I am saying is that Jordan has some great results but I think he mantle of worlds best player belongs to Rory at present with day a very close second.

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    • Your points are very valid! I would agree that Jordan has some growing up to do on the course, but I would suggest he one of elite players in golf. McIlroy and Day are elite players as well and any of these three could be the number one player in the world. I do not think any of them are in Tiger’s league….yet. They will have to play at this upper level for a few more years to make a fair comparison. It will be interesting to see how they play this weekend!

      Cheers
      Jim

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