COMMENTARY | While Henrik Stenson was the eventual winner of the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship, Jordan Spieth shot the round of the day with a 62 Monday and turned quite a few heads in the process.
The 20-year-old University of Texas at Austin alum has had a phenomenal season so far, highlighted by a win at the John Deere Classic in July for his first career PGA Tour crown. His birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle finish at TPC Boston on Monday catapulted him into the early clubhouse lead at 17-under-par and prompted golf fans to wonder if Spieth is becoming the "real deal."
Spoiler alert: He is.
Despite missing the cut in his season opener at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, Spieth's impressive season goes much deeper than his win earlier in the summer. From a statistical standpoint, the young man is playing well beyond his years and leaving many PGA Tour veterans in his wake. He is currently ranked third in all-around statistical ranking -- behind only Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker -- and seventh in total driving. Spieth is also ranked third in eagles made per holes played, where the long-hitting Dustin Johnson and Chris Kirk are the only golfers faring better.
That's just the beginning.
Spieth is currently second on tour in number of eagles made (13), eighth in par-4 performance (2-over total), and second in scrambling percentage (43.40 percent). How is his putting, you might ask? Spieth is fourth on tour in putts from 20 to 25 feet and third from 15 to 25 feet. That stat alone explains his propensity to make eagles and birdies with frightening regularity compared to his peers.
However, the one stat that stands out above all others is the number of top 10 finishes Spieth has accumulated so far this season: 8, second only to Bill Haas (9).
While it is certainly too early to place the title of "America's Best Golfer" on Spieth -- especially since guys named Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are still playing at a high level -- there is no doubt that the youngster is priming himself for a long, impressive career during a time when American golf is a bit lacking. To that end, Spieth's next career achievement very well may be in the form of securing a captain's pick for this year's President's Cup, to be played later this fall.
Quite frankly, US captain Fred Couples would be foolish to not choose the red-hot Spieth.
Adam Fonseca has covered professional golf since 2005. His work can also be found at the Back9Network. Follow Adam on Twitter at @chicagoduffer.
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