Missing LinksNovember 7, 2016

Jordan Spieth's season less to do with a slump than a growing 'depth of talent'

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Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy congratulate each other on their birdie putts on the 15th hole during the second round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

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Jordan Spieth’s season was less about a slump than it was finding his way in a global game with increasingly stiff competition at the upper echelons, Ewan Murray of the Guardian argues here.

“Spieth would rightly balk at the suggestion he is yesterday’s man. His year was affected in no small part by a tiring – if lucrative – tour of the continents last winter, for which his management company need to take a share of blame,” Murray writes.

“The wider point relates to Spieth’s handling of increased pressure, not primarily from expectant fans but from himself. He is not the first to discover epic years cannot readily be backed up by more of the same…It is inevitable Spieth will shoot himself back into prominence before too long; for now, onlookers should appreciate the depth of talent in this sport which means one so brilliant, and recently dominant, is only ranked at No5. Spieth may well use it all as motivation.”

Aaron Wise takes big first step toward PGA Tour

Aaron Wise left Oregon after two years to pursue professional golf and has experienced almost immediate success. He won his first event on Canada’s Mackenzie Tour and played well enough there to qualify for the web.com Tour.

And on Sunday, playing on a sponsor exemption, he tied for 10th in the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, earning him a start in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba this week.

“[A]nd when he departed the 18th green Sunday, his decision to leave college after two years weighed the scales more toward the positive side for the kid who now makes Summerlin home and spends most days pounding balls around the course he played so well this week,” columnist Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Revieiw-Journal writes in this look at Wise and what now is a quest to go straight to the PGA Tour.


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