First, everybody tilt their angry eyes towards the top of the screen where it lists the name of this thread. Now read. It says, “A Thread for Contrarian Takes.”
Second, take two seconds to break down DFE’s Spieth take into its component parts:
- DFE: I feel that the public consensus agrees that Jordan Spieth the greatest player of this generation.
- DFE: I disagree. I think that Spieth is among a group of similarly talented players at the top that have similar talent/resumes. Why does the public seem to rate him higher than me?
- DFE: I think that it’s because Spieth has been in contention every Sunday at Augusta for 5 years, when the entire golfing world is watching. This is misrepresentative because certain players play disproportionately well at certain courses, and Spieth just got lucky that his course hosts the most important tournament in the world.
The reason this thread has been so ridiculous is because the take itself is nearly perfectly suited for the internet - First, overrated/underrated arguments are nuanced and difficult to have them online. Second, it’s practically impossible to discuss whether Spieth is overrated/underrated without comparing his record to other players, and here you can’t bring up Spieth’s Masters record because that plays into the TAKE. The whole thing is a dog chasing his tail.
The only way to kill the argument is:
It’s simply dumb to disregard a player’s resume just because it’s built, significantly even if not entirely, at the Masters. The Masters isn’t important because we unfairly perceive it to be important - It’s just actually important. It’s significant historically, architecturally, and has evolved into the most important week in the golf world. It fields a tremendous, if small, field, and everybody wants to win that tournament more than any other. Maybe it’s unfair that we celebrate that tournament so much, because some players don’t play well there - sorry that’s how things work, we evaluate great players based upon how they play in, and whether they win, big tournaments. One of these big tournaments is held at the same course ever year.
Maybe Spieth IS presently overrated. I don’t know - nobody will know until his career plays out. Regardless, though, it’s impossible and unhelpful to argue the point while taking ANGC out of consideration.