-- LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- For the first time in his career, Jordan Spieth has missed consecutive cuts. He's not the FedEx Cup leader, and he has lost his No. 1 ranking -- although ever so slightly.
And yet Spieth has managed to find humor in some of the negativity his past two tournaments have created.
"I'm not aware of the specifics on what Joe sitting on his couch in Montana thinks about my golf game, but I am aware that people ... it's just interesting how it's a what-can-you-do-for-me-now kind of [situation] when the spotlight is on," Spieth said Tuesday at Conway Farms, where the BMW Championship begins Thursday.
"I'm that way with sports teams, so why can't people say that with me? Everyone has their opinions, and the hardest thing for me to do is react to that and just say two weeks ago everyone said, 'You're the best there is, you're the best in the world, you're awesome,' not a bad thing said, and then Jason [Day] wins and he's the best in the world, he's awesome. And then Rickie [Fowler] wins ... all of a sudden, people are coming out of their igloos and they're saying, 'Man, that's my guy.' "
If Spieth, 22, is fretting, he isn't showing it. He spent some of his off week attending sporting events near home. He was honored at the Texas Longhorns' home opener against Rice and then attended the Dallas Cowboys' game against the New York Giants on Sunday night.
He heads into the third leg of the four-tournament FedEx Cup playoffs second to Day in the standings and second to Rory McIlroy by percentage points in the world rankings.
"You're going to have two bad days in a row every now and then," Spieth said. "It was rare to miss, to have those four rounds in a row [at the Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship]. I feel very confident about where I'm at right at this second. I rested a lot. I got a lot of work in this past week, took some time off.
"As the week goes on, I'll try and peak for next week, approach it like it's a major championship, and the weeks before majors this year have been good weeks for me, so I feel confident about the way we'll perform this week as well."
Yes, Spieth had good weeks before the majors -- in which he won twice, tied for fourth and finished second.
Because he is assured of being in the top five of the FedEx Cup points at the end of this week, Spieth can clinch the overall title at the Tour Championship next week with a victory in Atlanta.