Jordan Spieth Trying to Match or Surpass Tiger Woods' Dominant 2000 Season Today

By Jason Lisk

Jordan Spieth fought back with an amazing back nine on Saturday, to get into the final pairing with Jason Day. That surge has kept his hopes of three majors in one season alive entering today’s action.

How’s this for one stat to compare Spieth’s potential 2015 season with the most dominant Major golfing year during most of our lifetimes?

Of course, there are other ways of looking at that. In terms of distance from the field, Woods ran away with both the U.S. Open and British Open, winning by 15 and 8 strokes, respectively. Spieth’s largest margin was at Augusta where he tied a course record, and won by 4 strokes. The venues were different for the U.S. Open (though both played at St. Andrews and Augusta). Perhaps that is a testament to Woods’ dominance compared to Spieth, or greater balance today.

If Spieth can complete the comeback today, and do so with a score of 68 better, he will have shot better, relative to par, than Woods in 2000. That’s pretty dang good, regardless of other context. Also, when you consider that Spieth just turned 22 while Woods was 24, it sets up for plenty of more comparisons in the coming years.

[photo via USA Today Sports Images]