HAVEN, Wis. -- With his performance at the PGA Championship, Jordan Spieth became the official No. 1 ranked player in the world.
Yet, Spieth's Sunday will be remembered for falling short.
It seems miscalculated, perhaps even cruel, to catalog Spieth's play this week as a disappointment. Despite the misfortune of teeing off in harsh conditions on Thursday afternoon, Spieth kept himself in the tournament, a sentiment most of his fellow late-wave competitors could not say. (Oh, the mind wonders what Spieth could have done if he started in the morning.)
Even while Jason Day made a mockery of Whistling Straits, Spieth was very much in the Wanamaker running, his hopes ultimately dashed by Day's tremendous lag-putt at the 71st hole.
Speith finished with a final-round 68, good for second place. This standing bestowed Spieth his summer-long pursuit of the No. 1 ranking, displacing Rory McIlroy from the spot.
So why does it feel like Spieth is leaving in disappointment?
Because, he is.