Weekly Recap: Back in Business

Weekly Recap: Back in Business

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It's now officially official: Jordan Spieth is Back! (Yes, with a capital B and an exclamation point.)

Now the big question is: Can he go back … to back?

Spieth ended a nearly four-year winless drought at the Valero Texas Open on Sunday and the 24-hour news cycle waited all of 14 seconds before wondering whether he can now win the Masters this week.

The short answer is: Yes, he can.

This collision course of Spieth and Magnolia Lane has been building for months, since he began showing signs of becoming his old, No. 1 self. They first surfaced in early February at Phoenix, where he held – and blew – a 54-hole lead and tied for fourth. Talk of Spieth being B … A … C … K has consumed the golf world ever since. He blew another 54-hole lead the following week in a tie for third at Pebble Beach, then added a tie for 15th at Riviera (a course not his best fit), a tie for fourth at Bay Hill, a T48 at THE PLAYERS (another dicey fit) and a T9 at the Match Play.

Until Phoenix, there was no indication – and no guarantee – that this would happen. Superstar athletes stop being superstars all the time, though it's not usually the very best in a sport when they are still in their 20s.

But when the funk goes on this long, after Spieth last won at the 2017 Open Championship, it's fair to eventually think

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Len Hochberg
Len Hochberg has covered golf for RotoWire since 2013. A veteran sports journalist, he was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years. He was named 2020 "DFS Writer of the Year" by the FSWA and was nominated for the same award in 2019.
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