After a breakthrough campaign in 2015, one could excuse Jordan Spieth if he needed some downtime. Instead, the No. 1 ranked player in the world has been a globetrotter, traveling to tournaments in Asia, Australia and Abu Dhabi. His U.S. journeys have been just as hectic, with swings through Hawaii, California and Florida.
Spieth's heightened workload has been correlated by a few observers to his so-so performances as of late. The 22-year-old admitted after Sunday's round at the Valspar Championship that there are things he needs to fix before the Masters.
Count Jason Day as one that's concerned.
“I'm worried about him because I don't know if he's playing too much and he's doing too many things with golf and sponsor obligations that he might make -- may get burned out and go through a rut where he doesn't want to be on the golf course for awhile,” the PGA Championship winner said at Bay Hill on Tuesday. “Everyone goes through that.”
Day took the opposite approach this offseason. Following a fantastic finish to his 2015 -- which included his major breakthrough at Whistling Straits, along with wins at the RBC Canadian Open, the Barclays and BMW Championship -- the Australian went on a three-month break from the game. Although it should be noted that Day has looked a tad rusty himself, boasting one top-10 finish in four PGA Tour appearances.
Luckily, after a hectic Monday in New York City, Spieth gets a brief respite this week, as he's not in the Arnold Palmer Invitational field. Spieth is expected to return next week at the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play.