Brandon Tierney welcomed Jimmy Roberts to CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney on Monday just as he welcomes most guests: by asking them how they’re doing and what’s happening.
“Hey guys. Well, Jordan Spieth’s happening,” said the Golf Channel analyst, getting right down to business. “It’s funny. I was listening to you talk about feeling no pressure, and I thought that really the most revealing moment of the entire week was when he really had two problems. On Saturday, he double-bogeyed the 17th hole, and he hit his approach shot into 18 and it was way wide right. And people were starting to think, ‘Maybe this is it. Maybe this is where he cracks.’ But he hit the most remarkable little flop shot to give himself a chance. And believe me, that was a tough putt that he had to make. Those two shots, I thought, were the most impressive of the week.”
Spieth, of course, won the Masters in record-setting fashion Sunday. He shot a ho-hum 2-under 70 in the final round to finish with an 18-under 270, which tied Tiger Woods’ record, set in 1997.
The only question now is, can Spieth, 21, ascend to the Tiger throne?
“Listen, I think what Tiger did kind of stands alone,” Roberts said. “I’ve probably said it to you guys that if you go back and look at Jack Nicklaus – who is the greatest golfer of all time – he won something like 13 percent of the time he played. Tiger more than doubled that. That’s just not the way the game is played. You don’t have to be a pro; you can be a provolone to figure that out.
“It’s tough,” Roberts continued. “Golf is a tough game. Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t. Tiger went through a long period of time where he just had it all the time, so I don’t think we should expect that from everybody.”
Woods hasn’t won a major since 2008, but he performed well this past weekend. In fact, he entered the final round having posted back-to-back sub-70 scores at Augusta National for the first time since 2005 – his last Masters win. He finished Saturday with a four-under 68 and entered Sunday in a five-way tie for fifth on the leader board.
But then things unraveled a bit. Woods injured his wrist Sunday and shot a one-over 73 to finish the weekend tied for 17th overall.
“Look, I’ve said it before,” Roberts said. “What he did (all those years) was absurd. That’s not the way golf is. Golf is a game of inconsistency and you have to manage your mistakes. I have long believed that the reason Tiger Woods was the greatest golfer for the period of time that he was, was not because he shot 63 more times than anybody else, but it’s because he shot 77 fewer times than anybody else. I don’t think he’ll ever be what he was because what he was was crazy, but I think he played really well this week.”