Despite all of Jordan Spieth’s success early in his career, there was one reason to be skeptical of his performance – golfers with mediocre drivers are not supposed to dominate in today’s game of golf.
In 2015, Spieth had one of the best seasons ever for a young golfer on the PGA Tour with five wins, 15 top-ten finishes, two major championships, and more than $12 million in winnings. But Spieth was also amazingly mediocre off the tee in the era of big drives, ranking 78th in driving distance on the Tour that year.
But this year, Spieth is proving you don’t have to be a big bomber to succeed. This season, Spieth ranks 80th on Tour with a driving distance average of 294.2 yards and yet, entering the PGA Championship, he was leading the Tour in scoring average at 69.0.
While the relationship is not overwhelming, there is a general trend on the PGA Tour, that the longer you hit the ball off the tee, the lower your score. But as you can see, there is once again an obvious outlier: Spieth.
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