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Monday, April 11, 2016

On Jordan Spieth

Sadly, Jordan Spieth will be reminded of his +6 at Amen Corner, which includes a quadruple bogey, at The Masters for years to come.  He's only 22, he's had a lot of success, and yet the human mind refers to the negative so much that the sports media will remind him of this every time he has a lead in a major, or, heck, any tournament.  That's the world in which we live.

But you know something, he's young, the young can heal and sometimes quickly, and he'll be fine.  And before anyone starts jeering too hard, think about this -- how many fans are as good at their professions as Spieth is, where they might work hard and be given an opportunity to, well, falter at such a high level?  The answer is very few.

You have to be a great player to get to the position where you can do what Jordan Spieth did yesterday.  A very great player. 

You don't hear about the odd-man out, the last person who made the cut who has to play with a marker, and you don't hear about the players who missed the cut five minutes after they missed it.  You won't hear as much this year about who won The Masters as much as who lost it.  The latter is sad, but in a world where selling stories is key, Spieth's misfortune outweighs David Willett's steadiness.

But as I just said, you have to be pretty great to achieve as much as Jordan Spieth did, even if failure.

And at the age of 22.

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