Jordan Speith, of Dallas, is not happy with expectations from the golf media and golf fans.
Welcome to the world of Tiger Woods and big expectations.
Woods used to say if he didn't win a major in a PGA season it wasn't a good year.
Speith won two majors last year and was leading The Masters after three and half rounds until he imploded and lost the first major of 2016. He finished 37th in the U.S. Open and over the weekend placed 30th in Scotland at The Open.
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In fact, Spieth has failed to break par in his last 10 major championship rounds, ever since he opened the Masters in April with a 6-under 66 that set the tone for his run at a second consecutive green jacket.
Like another young great player before him, Tiger Woods and let me add Rory McIlroy to the conversation, Mr. Speith won majors fairly young and people are now expecting him to win...all the time.
When he doesn't...the media is ready with questions. Speith has become frustrated by them.
“I think had last year not happened I’d be having a lot of positive questions. Instead most of the questions are comparing to last year and therefore negative because it’s not to the same standard. So that’s almost tough to then to convince myself that you’re having a good year. … So I think that’s a bit unfair to me, but don’t feel sorry for me. I’ll be OK," Speith went on to say, "So it seems a bit unfair at 22 to be expecting something like that all the time.”
Suck it up kid. You set the bar high, people want to know what's wrong when you don't reach it. Speith has cashed in, on and off the golf course, with those major wins.
This is big time golf.
Speith has won twice this year on the PGA tour. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the Dean and Deluca Invitational (formerly The Colonial) in Ft. Worth.
Speith has pulled out a chance to play in the Rio Olympics.
He has one more shot at a major title in 2016. The PGA Championship is later this month in New Jersey.