Jordan Spieth Leaving Tiger Woods in Dust (and Rory, too)

This chart from Google Trends shows a sea change in the world of golf:

jrtWorth noting is how much Woods’s attention rose as the golf media started their will-he-play articles followed by he-is-wearing-headphones articles followed by look-at-his-darling-kids articles followed by he-is-playing-great articles.  You can see why Steinberg orchestrated things the way he did.  But you can also see interest plummeted once people realized, “Hey, we’ve been down this road before.  About 15 times now.”

Spieth is getting 150 percent more attention than Woods, and this comes despite the golf media all but boycotting him during much of the first quarter of this year.  If Spieth wins the Match Play or Players, or contends in them then wins one of the DFW events, a tipping point will be reached.

It’s unfortunate the golf media didn’t give Rory his due the past four years, but if a battle for OWGR #1 develops — and it already has, really — look out!  Imagine if Rory and Spieth were to play in the finals of the Match Play.

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5 Responses to Jordan Spieth Leaving Tiger Woods in Dust (and Rory, too)

  1. Jason says:

    I think a legitimate battle between Rory and Jordan in a major, perhaps at the US Open, would officially end Tiger’s time in the spotlight.

  2. Ken says:

    Wait until the whole “will he or won’t he” story comes along again at The Players or the US Open. The golf media will talk about little else.

    • lannyh says:

      That’s the sad truth. It will probably be timed for an announcement during the WGC Match Play. He could announce now, but that would remove the publicity from the will-he-won’t-he game.

      And this whole idea that he’s only going to play when his game is ready is already silly. He played fine at the Masters. If he’s not hurt (or suspended and hiding it), he could announce now.

  3. Jason says:

    Very true. But if the top 2 in the World lock horns for a Sunday showdown, I have to think that would be enough to finally shift the media’s attention. Now if TW all of the sudden charges and starts winning, all bets are off.

  4. Speedy says:

    I thought the media were talking more ’bout Bubba than Tiger. No doubt because Bubba bought Tiger’s house, complete with the ghosts of Rachel’s texts, and maybe a driveway video. How do the Watsons stand it. LOL

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