Remember how we all got caught up in national pride for the World Cup only to get our hearts broken? Well, I'm sure some of will feel that way when you realize that Spieth will be the last American name you see near the top of the list. I put him here hoping he can have a slight attitude change on the course. If he doesn't stop beating himself up so badly inside the ropes, he will stop growing as a player.
It's not like he's had great success at this major (one top-10 in 10 tries). That said, his game has been trending in the right direction since he missed the cut at the Masters. I say he's playing for his new baby girl who's coming in August, which is motivation enough for a top-10 finish.
Y'all know I can't lie to you. I finished this story before Tuesday's practice rounds ended. So if after Thursday's opening 18 he's complaining that he doesn't like the course, all bets are off. Bubba is ranked so high on the OWGR that he shouldn't be allowed to use that excuse, so suck it up and play like you're ranked.
While some would say he isn't having a particularly successful year, I'd beg to differ. Even without a win, he's missed only two cuts in 13 starts worldwide. Now throw in a couple of top-20s and a couple of top-10s, and you can see why a solid performance shouldn't be out of the question. If you do debate this one, I still have that tarot card reader's number.