2022 RBC Heritage: Playoff - Jordan Follows His Shot

2022 RBC Heritage

Jordan Spieth Just Reminded Us Why He's the World's Most Exciting Golfer

Jordan Spieth says that his wife Annie never comments on his golf. But when he saw her after Saturday’s third round at the RBC Heritage, she couldn’t help but offer a simple piece of advice.

“You need to take five seconds, if you miss a putt, before you hit your tap-in.”

The comment came as a direct response to the way in which Spieth’s Saturday ended: with a missed one-footer on the 18th green. The subtext of Annie’s advice was clear: Her husband might be an even better golfer if he wasn’t so damn thrilling to watch.

If this weekend in Hilton Head proved anything, it’s that when Spieth is anywhere near contention, golf fans need to get near a television. The RBC falls directly in the Masters hangover zone; we couldn’t possibly have been expected to care about another golf tournament just a week after Augusta wrapped. But we tuned in anyway because it’s Jordan Spieth, because we’ve watched him grow up on the PGA Tour, because we’ve seen him go from phenom to struggling artist to family man to reinvented golfer, all before the age of 29.

It’s a testament to the Jordan Spieth Experience that golf fans enthusiastically re-boarded the PGA Tour carousel, but reboard we did. And those of us tuning into the action from Harbour Town were rewarded with a thrilling Sunday in which a dozen or more players had a chance to win coming down the stretch. We saw strange penalties, chip shots into the water, crucial made and missed putts, rallies and meltdowns. It was an exciting day with exciting twists and turns, and the golfer left standing at the end was the most exciting of all.

How did Spieth explain his final-round 66? One reporter suggested it was an “unbelievable rollercoaster.” Spieth shrugged that off.

“It felt like a round of golf,” he said matter-of-factly. “It felt like a Sunday on the PGA Tour.”

Not all rounds of golf are created equal. And no other golfer is created like Jordan Spieth. His Sunday featured two eagles in his first five holes, a must-make 10-footer for birdie on 18 and a clutch up-and-down from the bunker in a playoff. His ability to present that as just another day at the office reminds us: Spieth is used to getting wild.

That’s his way, after all. Impossible shots look easy. Easy shots look impossible. It’s never boring, and it’s never simple, and the moment you think you’ve figured out how his tournament is going to go is typically followed quickly by the moment you realize you’re wrong.