Jordan Spieth talks Jason Day’s dominance, hits marshmallow into mouth (vid)
Jordan Spieth hasn’t had his A-game ever since his Masters meltdown and said it “bothers” him that Jason Day is using his slump to pad his lead in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Said Spieth of Day this week ahead of the AT&T Byron Nelson about whether his rival’s dominance is serving as motivation, via ESPN: “Going back to Chicago [where Day won the BMW Championship] to Sunday of the PGA to last week, watching the commitment that he had, the focus and then the commitment in each swing that this ball is going where I’m looking and this putt is going in, just stalking it.
“I know that feeling and I’m looking to get that back and definitely there’s some motivation there,” Spieth continued. “He’s playing his game. He believes his game is better than anybody else’s and he’s on his game and so it is better than everyone else’s.
“What he’s doing right now I think I can win the next two events and I’m still not going to surpass him in the world rankings. He’s separated himself and that bothers me and it motivates me.”
Day has won seven of the last 17 events he’s played and now sits 2.5 points ahead of Spieth.
The 22-year-old Texan hopes to get things trending in the right direction on his home soil at the Byron Nelson in Irving. But he’s coming off a missed cut at The Players Championship last week, his first event since blowing a five-shot lead on the back 9 at Augusta.
“I feel great about the way I’m hitting the ball right now. I didn’t have my putter last week and did some good work with [coach] Cameron [McCormick] the last two days and I seem to have gotten that back,” Spieth said. “I know it was something simple and it was. So, if we can just continue to do that and roll those putts in, we’ll be in business.”
It appears Spieth is trying to keep things loose ahead of this week’s tournament, as evidenced by how he put on a show with some trick shots on Tuesday.
First, he somehow managed to hit a marshmallow set atop a golf ball on a tee up into his mouth, although it did require a bit of agility and diving on Spieth’s part (via The Big Lead):
Can Jordan Spieth flip a marshmallow off a golf ball into his mouth?
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 18, 2016
Spieth also tried to hit a ball tied to a bunch of balloons, but that didn’t play out as well as his marshmallow trick.
.@JordanSpieth experiences what #golf is like for the "rest" of us. @UnderArmour @ForTheWin #pga #JordanSpieth pic.twitter.com/NJWcNJwJuY
— Purpose 2 Play (@Purpose2Play) May 17, 2016
Still, it was a great effort.