Jordan Spieth of the United States looks on from the 11th tee during the first round of the THE PLAYERS Championship at the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 11, 2017 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Golden: No time to panic when it comes to Jordan Spieth

Posted June 20th, 2017

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In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take:

This is no time to panic when it comes to Jordan Spieth.

After all, he has already won two PGA majors and won’t turn 24 until next month.

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Golfers can play for 25 to 30 years, make millions and never have to worry about concussions or brain damage later in life. Spieth is already approaching $30 million in tour earnings, and we’re not even talking about the truckloads of endorsement dollars he’s earned away from the course.

But it’s OK to ask tough questions of great players, right? In Spieth’s case, it’s this: When is the next major win?

The Texas ex shot a 69 in the final round of the U.S. Open over the weekend but finished 1 over par, 17 shots behind Brooks Koepka, who captured his first major title. Spieth tied for 35th — the fifth straight major in which he has finished outside of the top 10 and the third time he has finished outside the top 30. A third-round 76 killed any chance of being a Sunday threat.

This really isn’t a slump since Spieth is ranked sixth in the world, up three spots from his 2016 finish. He just isn’t as consistent a threat in the majors as he was two years ago.

It’s time to dispense with the “next Tiger” talk because Spieth is one of many extremely talented young golfers under the age of 30 on tour. They include Rickie Fowler (28), Rory McIlroy (28), Jason Day (29), Hideki Matsuyama (25) and the 27-year-old Koepka.

To these eyes, he’s slightly ahead of the eighth-ranked Fowler, who is still searching for his first major amid four top-five major finishes An argument can be made that Spieth is a prisoner of his own early success. He continues to put up solid numbers, but I can’t help but wonder if he will one day be known as a solid pro who caught lightning in a bottle during one glorious hot season.

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick and the possibility of Paul George to the Cleveland Cavaliers, click here.

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