Following Jordan Speith’s stunning victory in an epic playoff against Sean O’Hair and Patrick Reed in the Valspar Championship, Brandt Snedeker couldn’t have summed it up any better.
During an interview following Sunday’s round, Speith mentioned how his putt would have rolled at least 4 feet past the hole had it not gone in. And when we think back to when he forced a playoff on the 72nd hole at the Northern Trust Open with a 6-footer, there seems to be one consistency: Both times, he was hitting the ball with pace. An interesting takeaway is that Speith has little interest in finishing in second place.
Some interesting facts about Jordan Speith
Whenever he’s discussed in the news, Speith’s young age always comes up. He’s the fourth player since 1940, behind only Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Robert Gamez, to win multiple titles by the age of 22.
Speith gained the most strokes between the tee and the green. However, it was his short game which was most impressive. When playing from 100 yards or less, Speith managed to gain 1.7 strokes per round. Patrick Reed was not far behind at 1.3 strokes per round.
As well as moving to seventh place in the FedExCup race, Speith has moved to his career best of No. 6 in the Official World Golf Rankings. He has repeatedly mentioned how his T7 finish in 2013 at Innisbrook helped to kick-start his career. At that point, he was ranked at No. 215.
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