Jordan Spieth admits he’s ‘a little frustrated’ by Bellerive’s soft conditions

August 10, 2018

After firing rounds of 71-66, Jordan Spieth is currently T23 at three under par for the tournament and trails 36-hole leader Gary Woodland (-10) by seven shots.

Despite a clean second-round scorecard that included four birdies and 14 pars, when Spieth was asked for an assessment of his performance, he suggested that the golf course was perhaps to blame for his lack of an edge thus far this week.

“A little frustrated at this place in general,” he told reporters after his round. “It’s tough to come to a venue with bent grass greens and this kind of weather. This course would be phenomenal in, and probably is phenomenal, if it’s not playing so soft.

“So you can just fire in and you get away with more, like you don’t have to be as precise,” Spieth continued. “That’s frustrating in a major championship because typically what it does is you don’t really have to be as precise on and around the greens. That’s frustrating to me because I feel like that’s an advantage that I have. So personally I would prefer more difficult and firmer faster conditions on the greens.”

Jordan sizes up the break of his putt at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive.
Jordan Spieth sizes up the break of his putt at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive.

Spieth is trying to join the elite group of Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as only the sixth player in history to win the career grand slam. Spieth won the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015, and the British Open in 2017.

Beginning in 2019, the PGA Championship will be contested in May instead of August.

“I still, I really like the golf course,” Spieth said of Bellerive. “It’s just, you can’t possibly have firm, fast bent grass greens with this climate. I think May is going to be a lot better for this golf tournament for sure.”