PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif.—Fresh off his AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am win, Jordan Spieth has found himself under scrutiny from his peers.
After all, when players struggle to putt as well as Spieth does on the poa annua greens populating West Coast venues, you can understand why they want to watch Spieth practice his putting.
“There were more players today watching me hit putts and saying ‘I just want to watch one’ than I’ve ever had because putting on poa annua greens, you see guys get so frustrated and they start second guessing themselves. “
Even a masterful putter like Spieth has had to change his approach to the putting surface turf that perplexes golf professionals. To gain confidence, Spieth looks to the Strokes Gained putting stat to reaffirm that his putting is sound.
“If I’m fifth in strokes gained in Phoenix and I’m fifth in strokes gained here, my numbers are still going to probably look worse as far as putts per round, but as far as compared to the field, that’s where you want to look because that just shows that everybody’s kind of having a bit more of a struggle than they do on a different surface.”
Spieth, who missed the Genesis Open cut in 2016, has largely putted incredibly well on the poa greens found on most seaside courses. He credits his attention to speed for last week’s success.
“So if I missed it, whether it was this far short which you never really want to leave putts short but that was much better than having four feet coming back and three-putting obviously. I think just having enough experience now and having missed enough short putts and seeing the frustration just lead to worse and worse and worse, I just kind of had a different frame of mind last week and it definitely helped.”