As the defending champion of the Australian Open, Jordan Spieth’s appearance fee was larger than the whole tournament’s purse. Just for showing up to the event, Spieth was granted $1,000,000. While all the other players in the field, including Jason Day, were playing for a fraction of $943,624.93 USD. On the par-71 course, Spieth’s rounds were 70 – 71 – 70 – 67 placing him five strokes behind the winner (8th), Cameron Davis. Many golf analysts were expecting him to defend the title or cause a threat, but it is clear that Spieth was struggling the first three rounds.
There are many possible reasons as to why Spieth may have had a rough three rounds, but I think a lot of it has to do with equipment changes.
Jordan put the new Titleist 718 AP2s in play this week. When looking at some of the footage on the Golf Channel, it seemed that his approach shots were hurting him. He missed a lot of greens, and when he did hit the green his proximity was not his best. The 718 AP2s are noticeably a smaller iron head than his previous Titleist 716 AP2s; this may have cause a lot of miss-hits that he was not used to. In an interview last year, Spieth has mentioned that he himself is “not good enough to play blades.”
The new 718 AP3s are slightly bigger than Jordan’s 716 AP2s. The AP3s are a great choice for players that want maximum forgiveness, but still want to shape shots. Could this be a switch Jordan Spieth would consider?
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