Oh, to be young.
Barely 20 years old, Jordan Spieth was more than energetic enough to handle long stretches out on the PGA Tour in 2013. Spieth had to, as the University of Texas freshman became a journeyman pro of sorts, without an official place to play for much of the season. A funny thing happened in his second freshman campaign in two years -- this time, among the paid set -- he figured out how to thrive, then win.
Spieth, who is now 22nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, qualified for Tiger Woods' Northwestern Mutual World Challenge when Brandt Snedeker had to bow out. This will be Spieth's final event of 2013, but he'll be resting up and preparing for the long grind when the PGA Tour season resumes in January.
What Spieth discovered about himself in his post-playoffs downtime, however, is that the grind benefits him.
"Last year I saw what it was like to play four in a row a couple of different stretches. It's amazing my best golf was always played the second, third or fourth week in a row," Spieth said Tuesday. "Even more so, the third and fourth week in a row is when I was hitting the ball best and making the best decisions. I would have never known that before this year. So, yeah, I will be planning my schedule to definitely be playing and peaking at those tournaments which looks like it would be playing in a week or two or both of them prior to the majors."
How can the John Deere Classic winner improve upon his historic rookie season? Spieth said he needs to improve pitching on par 5s from 20-40 yards.