Spieth says patience has been tested this year

His ‘A’ game has not quite been there this year and American star Jordan Spieth admits he is becoming frustrated with his lack of success.

In fact it has been quite a trying year for one of the most popular American players on the multi-million dollar US PGA Tour.

Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth (Credit: Anthony Powter)

And a missed cut at last weekend’s second major championship of the year, the US Open certainly would not have helped.

Now a 24-year-old Tour ‘veteran’ Spieth has not won since his fighting victory over Matt Kuchar in the British Open at Royal Birkdale in July last year.

Sure, the cheques have kept rolling in as he has kept his bank happy with four top-10 finishes although just one of those was with a decent chance of winning.

And a litany of missed putts – some of them short ones – proves his putting has not quite been ‘on-song’ either.

Now the former world No 1 admits it has worn on him at times.

“I think my patience has been tested,” Spieth said before teeing it up at Shinnecock Hills, where he shot opening rounds of 78-71 to miss the halfway cut by just one shot.

“Not going into Saturday or Sunday with a legitimate chance to win – The Masters, the back nine, I ended up giving myself a chance,” he said.

“Just the limited number compared to previous years of chances I’ve had on the weekends has been frustrating.

“But Houston [where he tied for third] was a really big weekend for me of settling down and getting back on the right track with things and recognizing that it’s a long career.

“Results aren’t going to come by wanting them to come.

“They’re going to come by being obsessed with the process, getting back to the basics of being an athlete, figuring out the swing, the intricacies of the game, the reason I love to practice.”

“That’s what is going to kind of bring it back…and results aren’t everything.”

Spieth said everyone went through peaks and valleys with results in any part of their game.

“And I just got a little off in set-up, and I’m really starting to bring it back now,” he said.