We’re trying something new here – writing up a debate-worthy conversation that we actually had today in the office. If you like it, we may make this part of the regular rotation. And for the record, we’re actually on different computers going back and forth debating like complete losers. Here goes nothing!
So in your mind, after his miraculous season this year, has Jordan Spieth peaked?
What are we, Primer Sports or First Take?? All joking aside, I think a better way to ask what you’re getting at is whether he will ever pull off a year that is as impressive as this one?
B) Exactly. And depends on what you’re judging him on.. if it’s number of major wins in a season, I’d guess that, no, he never wins more than two in a year.
A) Fair but under that logic we’re setting the bar for improvement as a feat that only Tiger and Ben Hogan have ever pulled off (winning 3 Majors in a calendar year).
B) Yes – what he’s done is amazing, and partially why I think he can’t top it. There are just too many other guys out there who can make a run at him in any given week..
A) That’s a good point. I guess I’m saying I don’t believe his game has peaked – he’ll continue getting better. But when you consider the firepower in today’s field, wins are going to be hard to come by. Rory McIlroy is 26 (hardly old and washed up), Jason Day’s finally gotten the ‘can’t win the big one’ monkey off his back, and it’s a matter of time for Dustin Johnson.
B) And you didn’t even mention Bubba, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Zach Johnson – any one of these guys can get hot and be impossible to top. So how many major wins does Spieth end up with in your mind?
A) I’d put the over/under at 9.5 and I’m taking the over. That’s a long hill to climb though…
B) It seems so approachable at first glance, but I just looked it up and getting to 10 would put him at 4th all time behind Jack Nicklaus (18), Tiger Woods (14), and Walter Hagen (11). That said… I think he does it too.
A) Wow, that’s some rarefied air. But the way I see it, 1 per year for the next 10 years has him at Tiger’s heels. Considering he could smell a win all 4 Sundays this year, I’m sticking with it.
B) Alright, so I’ll make you pick a number for Spieth’s lifetime majors. I’ll go with 12.
A) Well, I was going for 12 too. But since I don’t want to be the half of this company that doesn’t root for Spieth.. lucky #13 it is.