Jordan Spieth has obviously enjoyed one of the best years ever on the PGA Tour (when taking the major wins and close 2nds into account). Yet, with fame comes the counterpoints when your game suddenly goes south.
At the BMW Championship presser yesterday, Spieth confided his thoughts on how it feels to receive the inevitable immediate backlash after missing two straight cuts (transcribed).
Because the game is so difficult–your game can swiftly come and go–it’s wise of him to put all this in perspective moving forward–because it’s going to happen again.
“Everyone has their opinions, and the hardest thing for me to do is to not react to that and just to say, you know what, two weeks ago everyone said, ‘you’re the best there is, you’re the best in the world, you’re awesome, man,’ not a bad thing said, and then Jason wins — Jason is the best in the world, man, he’s awesome.
“And then Rickie wins. Rickie wasn’t even what you guys were talking about. You guys were talking about me, Rory and Jason. Rickie wins, and all of a sudden people are coming out of their igloos and they’re saying, man, that’s my guy. He’s the best in the world. It’s just what can you do for me now.”
“I’m not aware of the specifics on what Joe sitting on his couch in Montana thinks about my golf game, but I am aware what people thought–it just seems like it’s interesting how it’s a what have you done for me now kind of–when the spotlight is on. I’m that way with sports teams, so why can’t people be that way with me?”
“The more I can smile and laugh about that and the fact that people are just about — you have true fans, there’s no doubt, and I love true fans and I’m happy to take any bandwagon fans there are for me. It’s just interesting from our point of view seeing what’s published, I guess. You just have to keep your head down, stay focused, and try to be that guy that people are talking about the next week.”
He did good naturedly joke about his missed cuts though as there’s no cut for the BMW this week.
“I’m happy to be checking into my hotel, and when they ask what day I’m checking out, I can say, ‘I’m checking out on Sunday.”