AUSTIN, Texas: As much golf as Jordan Spieth likes to play, it took as much discipline as he could muster to not play at all.
When he left the Masters on November 15, the only two rounds of golf he played were of the recreational variety. One was a trip with friends to Whispering Pines in southeast Texas, which was more about having a few beers and swinging the club. The other was his annual December trip to Augusta National with sponsors from AT&T.
“I didn’t play a serious round from Sunday of Augusta until the Wednesday before I left for San Diego,” Spieth said, a span of 65 days before he started his 2021 campaign at Torrey Pines.
He missed the cut and fell to No. 92 in the world, his lowest position since he headed to the John Deere Classic at age 19 and won for the first time on the PGA Tour.
In that respect, Spieth is happy to be at his second home — he spent three semesters at the University of Texas — for the Dell Technologies Match Play. All of the 64 players at Austin Country Club need a tee time, and then there’s no telling how the ficklest week in golf will pan out.
The plan endorsed by swing coach Cameron McCormick was to stay away from the golf Spieth loves to play and stick to work on the range as he tried to rediscover the blueprint that made him so successful in the first place. AP