Jordan Spieth Marks His Name in PGA Tour History Books With an Undesirable Record

Published 08/24/2021, 6:15 AM EDT
Mar 25, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Jordan Spieth on #1 tee box during the second day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports


Jordan Spieth has been having a resurgent season this year. He’s got back into the groove with some solid golf, but Spieth went through a rough patch at the 2021 Northern Trust. He was unable to maintain consistency and finished one-over-par through four rounds. This effort earned him a 73rd spot on the leaderboard.

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This finish was nowhere near what Spieth imagined. The 28-year-old was looking to get into contention with a second-round 62, where he temporarily tied the course record at Liberty National. However, he could not follow it up with yet another low score in Round 3. 

Jordan Spieth crumbled during the final round 

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The Northern Trust 2021 was forced to go ahead with a Monday finish instead of the previous day. The traditional Sunday finish was canceled due to a tropical storm, and Spieth could not make good use of the soft conditions in Round 4. 

Spieth astonishingly shot an 8-over-79 in the final round and looked shaky with his game. He struggled with all of his clubs, namely his driver and his irons. Furthermore, Spieth committed back-to-back triple bogeys in the ninth and tenth holes at Liberty National. 

Aug 20, 2021; Jersey City, New Jersey, USA; Jordan Spieth watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the second round of The Northern Trust golf tournament at the Liberty National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

These consecutive triple-bogeys cost him the round. Spieth could get nowhere near the top of the leaderboard after dropping too many shots. However, he did set a new PGA Tour record due to his back-to-back eagles in Round 2 and back-to-back triple bogeys in the final round. 

Consecutive eagles and consecutive triple bogeys in the same tournament. This achievement is such a rarity that no one has done it on the tour in the last 20 years. These are two extremes on the scorecard and Spieth somehow managed to set such a record at The Northern Trust 2021. 

Jordan Spieth made two eagles and six birdies in the second round, while he made two triple bogeys and four birdies in the final round. Such a contrasting scorecard, but this is what golf is all about. 

Some data from Spieth’s campaign at Northern Trust

Spieth has a very rocky campaign at The Northern Trust. People are expecting him to win the Tour Championship this season and maybe he’s just getting started with the FedExCup playoffs. There is still one more tournament in between the Tour Championship. 

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Spieth had three rounds where he shot 1-over-par or more at The Northern Trust 2021. This is not terrific news for the golfer. Furthermore, he struggled a lot with the biggest club in his bag this week. Speith only displayed 44.64% driving accuracy through four rounds, hitting 25/56 fairways. 

Spieth hit the greens 52.78% of the time in regulation and made a few good putts here and there. However, he lagged way behind in SG: Total (-6.206), which implies that Spieth hit a lot of wayward shots throughout Liberty National. 

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Jordan Spieth now has to gear up for the BMW Championship which begins this Thursday. There’s hardly any gap in between, and the stage is all set for the second leg of the FedExCup playoffs. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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