When Jordan Speith ended Friday’s round at the DEAN & DELUCA INVITATIONAL by shooting into the lead by carding a score of six-under par, not many in the gallery or his fellow PGA Tour Pros expected him to be a factor by Sunday.
This had less to do with Speith’s ranking on the tour or his talents as a golfer. Rather, that feeling was borne out by the play on the PGA Tour thus far in 2017.
The brutal fact is that with the exemplary exception of Dustin Johnson with four wins, no golfer has displayed enough consistency to play winning golf for four rounds this season.
Form held on Saturday as Webb Simpson would navigate the Colonial Country Course in Fort Worth and snatch the lead from Speith after 54 holes.
When Speith took the lead back temporarily on Sunday, only nearly flawless play on the back nine led to Kevin Kisner nabbing the win. In so doing, Kisner shook off the label of runner-up by a mere one stroke, at least for a week..
This was not to suggest the win was easy by any means. Right on his heels tied for second, among others, were Speith and Jon Rahm, who already has a win to his credit in 2017.