Spieth and Fowler: Golf Prodigies Seek a Way Back From the Wilderness

Fowler’s greatest passion away from golf has been fishing. His droop has curtailed that as nicely.

“A lot of people have asked, ‘Have you been able to fish much at home?’” he stated. “But not really, no, because the days that I have off I just take completely off. Everything else has been workout, therapy and golf.”

Fowler, as optimistic a participant as there’s on the PGA Tour, smiled. It is his go-to response. But even he needed to concede, “It’s frustrating.”

For Spieth, whose world rating dropped to 82nd at the finish of final season, troubles together with his golf sport emerged in 2018-19. First he tried simply to search out his approach again to the promised land, a place he had inhabited as a 20-year-old, when he was three strokes away from changing into the youngest Masters winner ever. In time, as Spieth didn’t return to the winner’s circle, myriad points had been cited: his alignment, his placing, his confidence, his skill to complete on the weekends of tournaments.

Away from the golf course, Spieth labored as furtively as he might on a refined however consequential swing modification, and on one thing easier: consistency. In his final three tournaments, he has been rejuvenated, tying for fourth, third and 15th, his finest three-event stretch since mid-2019.

That rally has led reporters to ask if Spieth has tried to counsel Fowler, who in his final 10 occasions relationship to October 2020 has missed the minimize 4 occasions and completed exterior the high 25 4 different occasions.

Spieth stated the two had talked with one another, and he acknowledged that there have been similarities between his struggles and Fowler’s. But in some ways, Spieth stated, it nonetheless comes again to the notion that change is tough in golf, even for these as soon as referred to as prodigies.

“He’s trying to make changes with an end goal to be more consistent and better than he ever was — and they’re significant changes,” Spieth stated. “So it’s not going to be easy. You can’t just continue to compete and win while you’re trying to make big changes. These guys are too good out here.”

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