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Jordan Spieth's 2017 strategy? Play less golf

November 08, 2016


In terms of workload, Jordan Spieth minimized his PGA Tour schedule last season, playing in just 21 events after competing in 25 the year before. However, that doesn't factor in his global commitments; the two-time major winner had two separate visits to Asia in a three-month span alone. As he tries to bounce back from a disappointing campaign -- if you can call two victories and a near-miss at the Masters disappointing -- Spieth has a strategy to return to the top:

Play less golf.

Spieth, who will appear for the first time next week at the Australian Open since the Ryder Cup, says the rest will facilitate dividends in 2017.

“I just wanted an offseason. I needed some time off,” Spieth told Golf.com.

Following the endeavor Down Under, Spieth has committed to Tiger Woods' Hero World Challenge. After that, his schedule remains unclear.

“We’ll just see how it goes from there,” Spieth remarked. “I might do more, but I want to take it slow and see what happens.”

This move doesn't come as a total surprise; Spieth mentioned last winter that he was growing tired of globetrotting. To Spieth, staying home in the states is a winning -- and known -- formula.

“I’ve just got to do what I did in 2015," Speith said.