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Is the John Deere Classic becoming a nightmare for Jordan Spieth with amateurs stealing the spotlight?

Jordan Spieth is finally back in the game. After giving out an exceptional 8-under-par performance on Saturday at the TPC John Deere, he has climbed up to the T12 position on the leaderboard of the John Deere Classic. That being said, he is also seven strokes away from Davis Thompson, who is currently at (-21), leading the board into the final round.

Although Spieth is pretty optimistic about giving out his best, the history of the event is not much in his favor. The John Deere Classic has served as an opening ground for first-timers and amateurs. If the trend repeats itself, it could become the obstacle standing between Spieth and the JDC trophy!

Jordan Spieth to fight nine contenders?

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For Jordan Spieth himself, the first-ever win on the PGA Tour was the 2013 win at the John Deere Classic. Other players who started their career victories with the Silvis event include Brian Harman (2014), Bryson DeChambeau (2017), Michael Kim (2018), and Dylan Frittelli (2019), to name a few.

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Taking to this, the official X (formerly Twitter) account of the PGA Tour reported, “There have been 23 first-time winners @JDClassic, the most of any event on TOUR since 1970.” Well, the pattern has pretty much been the same this year as well. Three rounds have been concluded so far, and there have been relatively fresh faces who have taken the lead in the rounds so far (Hayden Springer, Aaron Rai, and now Davis Thompson).

Even when you look at the current list, where Jordan Spieth stands at T12, there are nine rookie players out to seek their first win in the Top 11. In contrast to Jordan Spieth, who has already enjoyed thirteen career victories, out of which two were at the TPC Deere Run.

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Nonetheless, there is a bright side to the game. After being suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the John Deere Classic came back into play in 2021. And since then, through all three years, no rookie has taken away the trophy (winners included: Lucas Glover, J.T. Poston, and Sepp Straka). So if the algorithm is to work out the same way, Jordan Spieth still has a chance, but he has to gear up pretty quickly to make that happen.

Could a win at the John Deere Classic reignite Jordan Spieth’s golfing prowess?

Despite having a pretty decent 2023 season, where he landed himself in the Top 10 seven times, among which one was the runner-up position at the RBC Heritage, he failed to garner a single win. Not to forget that he missed the cut at six out of the sixteen events that he participated in. The 2024 season has posed even more challenges in front of Spieth. The thirteen-time winner not only missed the cut in five events, which included the first Major of the season and the Genesis Invitational, which also happens to be a signature event.

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The player who once was on the top of the OWGR list has managed to settle in the top 10 only three times this season (the Sentry, the WM Phoenix Open, and the Valero Texas Open). This win is immensely crucial for him to gain back his status as one of the best golfers!

Do you think Spieth will be successful in the venture? Let us know in the comments section below!