Jordan Spieth’s demons could have gotten the best of him Sunday. Instead, Spieth showed the demons who’s boss.
The 23-year-old avoided a near-meltdown on 13 and shot 5-under on the final five holes to finish with a 1-under-69 and a three-shot victory over Matt Kuchar at the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
It was astonishing.
“We talked a lot about demons that guys have,” CBS Sports golf analyst Gary McCord said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Everybody has demons – everybody. And his demons – he brought it up – it’s the 12th hole at Augusta when he had a five-shot lead (in 2016 and finished runner-up). Then it came out. He said as soon as he hit that shot (on 13 at the Open), he thought about the 12th hole (at Augusta).”
And then he ran through the hypotheticals.
Is this going to happen? And if it does, what are people going to think of me? What are they going to say? That I can’t finish?
“Now he has released a whole gymnasium of demons in his head,” McCord said. “Then he came back and went doink, doink, doink. I’m going, ‘Wow, that’s just onions. That’s just giant onions is what that was.’”
Spieth has now won three major championships and will go for the career Grand Slam at the PGA Championship in August.
He’ll enter as a favorite.
“He is finishing,” McCord said, “and he is letting all these other guys know that he can finish.”