Jordan Spieth was tucked away after finishing his final round on Sunday. He wasn’t hanging out in front of the cameras, he hid himself away as Dustin Johnson came to the 18th hole with a chance to win, lose or tie the US Open at Chambers Bay. When Spieth witnessed DJ 3-putt from 12feet on the 18th green to force a Monday playoff, he emerged from the trailer in shock and honest feelings of disappointment for Johnson. With that simple act of respect and honor for fellow players, Spieth cemented a new era on the PGA Tour. An era where this game can return to being a gentlemen game.
The Tiger era has been a “win at all costs” attitude where frustrations and grips are shown on and off the course. Love for fellow players in the field has been non-existent and players were not seen talking to each other or celebrating their great shots. The recent emergence of the attitudes of Spieth, Mcilroy and Fowler show a trend emerging of talented players who can play this game without a scowl if they come up short in the end. When other players hit good shots, this new crop seem to be genuinely happy for each other. When Tiger was winning almost every event he played in, it was acceptable to swallow that second place wasn’t good enough. Nowadays a two win season can be considered for a player of the year title so to expect this result would be crazy. Sadly, we still see players like Tiger, Reed and Horschel whose tempers and “me first” mentalities make watching golf frustrating.
With the win at the Masters and US Open, Spieth is showing that a gentleman’s approach and an honest word with the press can reach further than a micro phone tirade or a green side freak out. Let’s hope this trend stays around for awhile on the PGA tour and the rest of the guys can follow suit. After all golf is for us, the fan!