Jordan Spieth was a shot out of a playoff at the British Open at St. Andrews last year in his quest to complete the grand slam. He’d powered through the field at Augusta, then took down Dustin Johnson at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
But his 2016 proves just how hard it is to keep up that pace.
After a one-over 72 on Saturday at Royal Troon, Spieth has now failed to break par in 10 consecutive major rounds. Lost in his blowup on the 12th hole at the Masters is the fact that Spieth didn’t break par in the final three rounds at Augusta after an opening-round 66.
Spieth carded three over-par rounds at the U.S. Open at Oakmont along with a Saturday 70. He finished nine over and T-37.
Things haven’t been much better at Royal Troon, where has Spieth has shot 71-75-72. He has been hampered by poor iron shots, missed putts and the crazy Scottish weather.
The two-time major winner set a high standard he hasn’t lived up to this season, but it serves as a reminder: Winning majors is really, really hard, even if you’re one of the best players in the world.