As hard as it is to believe, it’s been eight years since Jordan Spieth won the first of his three major championships. That victory, of course, came at the 2015 edition of The Masters, where the Texan matched Tiger Woods’ then-record score of 18-under, a mark since broken by Dustin Johnson.
Spieth also won the 2015 U.S. Open and captured major title number three at the 2017 Open Championship. But while the 13-time PGA Tour winner has six top-10 finishes in majors since then, he’s yet to join the group of 10 golfers with four such titles to their name, a group that includes Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka.
But if recent history has any say in the matter, Spieth is guaranteed to not only join that club but also the list of 17 players who’ve won The Masters on multiple occasions.
Recent history favors Jordan Spieth at The Masters
Following his victory at the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, Spieth went through a bit of a dry spell and didn’t reach the winner’s circle again until the 2021 edition of the Valero Texas Open. And it was just over another year before he captured his next win, taking the title at the 2022 RBC Heritage, which is also his most recent victory.
Now, here’s where things get interesting.
Spieth’s win in Texas at TPC San Antonio took place on April 4, 2021. And his victory at Harbour Town was on April 17, 2022. And why is that fun, you may ask? Because both occurred on Easter Sunday.
Guess what day the final round of The Masters falls on this year.
Okay, so perhaps saying Jordan Spieth is guaranteed to win The Masters because it’s Easter is a bit much. But it would certainly be fun — at least for him. Obviously not for everyone else teeing it up at Augusta this year, especially Rory McIlroy, who only needs this particular major to complete the career Grand Slam. Spieth can also complete the career Grand Slam this year if he wins next month’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill. But I digress.
Easter Sunday aside, Spieth undoubtedly has a great shot to slip on a second green jacket. Sure, he missed the cut at Augusta a year ago. But that’s the only time he’s missed the weekend in nine starts at the season’s first major. And in the eight times he has played all 72 holes, he’s finished third or better five times, including a T3 finish just two years ago.
So while there’s no guarantee Spieth will emerge triumphant on Easter for a third consecutive year, his chances are pretty solid.